Volume 01 | January 2021

Incase you missed it - the November and December roundtables notes taken from each session can be found on the Education to Employer Networking Group located on LinkedIn.

The Roundtables focused on creating conversations across the academic and business sectors during the pandemic and beyond .
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Right's leader's life and legacy.

MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve communities. The COMPACT's team will be volunteering at the Midwest Food Bank on January 18th.

What will you do to serve?
National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us- individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits- can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people.

Several National Mentoring Months events are recognized at the national level and are celebrated on social media. Learn about ways to celebrate and uplift your mentors here.
  • Check out local job opportunities with the McLean County Chamber of Commerce Community Job Board.

  • The Verna Ross Orndorff Scholarship is offering an award of $1,000 for the best 1,500-word essay written by an Illinois high school student on the subject of Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War era in Illinois. Essays must be submitted by January 15, 2021. 

  • The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition shared data from their 2020 STEM Talent Index that looks back at a decade of progress within the state's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pipeline. Driven by advancements in technology and an evolving job market, STEM degree fields have grown steadily over the past decade. Read More Here.
  • Through a first-of-its-kind collaboration among the State of Illinois, PCs for People, Cook County, and various community partners, Illinois has launched a statewide network that will receive, refurbish and redistribute used computers for those in need. Illinois households without access to a working computer or internet device or those seeking to donate are encouraged to visit PC's for People's website to register and learn more about how they can request a computer.

  • Education in a Pandemic: Learning from Illinois Students & Caregivers to Plan for the Road Ahead: The report highlights the testimonies of more than 120 students, parents and caregivers from across Illinois as they share their experiences of remote, hybrid, and in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings, coupled with specific suggestions from focus group participants, lend themselves to recommendations for state leaders planning for the learning recovery road ahead. Read the report to learn about our participants’ experiences and our policy recommendations. Read the Report
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