Students at LVHS don’t just work on “what you know”; they’re getting an increasing dose of “who you know,” too.
Through a successful and expanding partnership with Lumity, LVHS students are enjoying professional mentoring from a number of blue-chip firms and Chicago professionals.
“The Lumity partnership gives us a hugely efficient way to connect the business community to project-based learning and classrooms, across many disciplines,” says principal Scott Grens.
Kara Kennedy, Executive Director of Lumity, provided a few examples of past projects and expressed enthusiasm about the planned expansion. “For example, LVHS needed more volunteer mentors to work with freshman girls. Microsoft, LVHS’s corporate partner, came to Lumity to ask for assistance. In less than a week, Lumity recruited 15 additional pro mentors for the students.”
Getting LVHS students out into professional environments is a cornerstone of the partnership. For example, Lumity was able to provide site visits to CDW’s and Forsythe Technology’s headquarters. LVHS students have also had the opportunity to work alongside professionals from Accenture and Northern Trust.
Like Kennedy, LVHS principal Scott Grens is already planning for expansion of the relationship, to include more mentoring and student working visits to professional environments.
Lumity’s reach into the professional community has allowed it to bring consulting power to LVHS, as well. A recent roundtable saw executives working with LVHS teachers and administration to hear teacher ideas and needs, and provide input and support to help make ideas come to life.
“The idea is to supercharge project-based learning and real-world experience – to demystify a range of experiences and possible futures for students, and provide insight and passions that can shape students’ vision for university and career,” says Grens.