February 15, 2017
By: Comcast Newsmakers Last year, After School Matters provided 23,000 opportunities to nearly 16,000 individual Chicago teenagers acrossthree program sessions. However, the organization received more than 40,000… More ›
Engineers from Burns & McDonnell, a global engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting firm, have partnered with After School Matters to provide teens in the PJ Green Technology and Engineering program (Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Pilsen) with a unique and immersive experience during the Fall 2016 program session.
In October, 22 teens from the environmental and computer science program visited the Burns & McDonnell Regional office in the Loop. Teens received a tour of the office and met six of the company’s engineers. During their visit, the program learned the history of the company and participated in a hands-on project management activity. The engineers showed the teens what tools they use in their field and shared videos about their work. At the end of the visit, teens asked the engineers questions about their college and career paths and received valuable advice.
Then, in early December, Wally Petrovic, Engineer in the Transmission and Distribution Group of Burns & McDonnell (pictured above), visited the teens in their program space in Pilsen at Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Wally engaged with the teens in a hands-on coding activity and shared further insight about the career of an engineer.
During the visit, the engineers presented a $5,000 check from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation that will help provide stipends for After School Matters teens.