Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Commissioner Steele Promotes Innovation Studio

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) has launched an exciting winter education program to engage more African-American youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and to highlight the contributions of African-American Innovators. Approximately 12,000 guests will visit the Innovation Studio in its 5-week run from January 15 – February 21, 2018.
Commissioner Steele greets youth at MSI
Kari L. Steele with MSI staff 
The Innovation Studio is a pop-up maker space experience for youth, and families to learn the innovation process and practice creativity and STEM skills while creating physical objects to solve challenges. This is part of the Museum’s Black Creativity Initiative and includes a Gallery of Innovators for 2018.
As a result of Commissioner Kari K. Steele’s leadership and community outreach regarding water quality issues, she was invited to be included as one of several Innovators showcased in the MSI Gallery of Innovators for 2018. As chemist and environmentalist, Commissioner Steele is actively engaged throughout the year in various initiatives at the Museum and Science and Industry that promote water health and environmental quality.
The Black Creativity Initiative coincides with Black History Month and is part of several experiences at MSI during the Innovator Studio dates. “Each opportunity to reach a youth and share my experience will hopefully encourage them to become a future pioneer in S.T.E.M. The Museum of Science and Industry is an ideal destination for exploring all the possibilities that can inspire youth to greatness,” said MWRD Commissioner Steele.
The Innovator Studio does not generate revenue and is included in the general admission for the public. The experience is completely free for Illinois school groups. Visitors will see life-size images of each Innovator, hear short professional video interviews and learn about what makes each of them a unique Innovator. The Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. For more information, visit or call (773) 684-1414.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) protects the health and safety of the public in its service area, protect the quality of the water supply source (Lake Michigan), improve the quality of water in watercourses in its service area, protect businesses and homes from flood damages, and manage water as a vital resource for its service area. The District’s service area is 883.5 square miles of Cook County, Illinois. Questions for Commissioner Steele can be directed to Delores Walton at 312.751.5694 ext. 95.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Actors Danny Glover and Delroy Lindo to Address From the Fire Summer Leadership Academy for Minority Teen Males at Princeton University

Personal development, empowerment, and accountability are the focuses of the new From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men, operated by At the Well Conferences, Inc. - a provider of events for teens since 2009. The inaugural two-week boarding program is located on the campus of Princeton University and tailored to minority male students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds that are currently in the ninth, tenth or eleventh grades of high school. From the Fire is currently accepting applications.

The program chair is the actor and director Delroy Lindo. He has provided memorable performances in films such as The Cider House Rules, Heist, Clockers, Crooklyn, Malcolm X, and Ransom. Lindo's passion for the plight of minority boys is leading the actor to take an active role in the program's development. Lindo states, "My hope is that the experience of From the Fire will give students a boost to take the next steps in whatever goals they have planned for their lives." 
Actor and director Delroy Lindo and actor, and producer Danny Glover
The keynote speaker is actor, producer, and humanitarian Danny Glover. Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage, and television for more than 25 years. From the Fire's curriculum and programming is research-based and designed by a team of educators and leaders with decades of experience in adult and young adult education, social change activism and community development. 

The program's core beliefs and practices are guided by an indomitable faith in the courage, creativity, and potential of the students. The Leadership Development component will provide transformative education in the form of small group projects, critical reading and writing sessions, a financial aid and scholarship boot camp, and interactive leadership workshops.

Mentorship is offered as a form of "deep caring" in order to overcome widespread indifference to these most vulnerable young men. The program will welcome successful male leaders from across the country to serve as mentors for the students. Each participant will be paired with a mentor who receives training and the opportunity to attend the event's Closing Ceremony at Princeton University. 

The Rites of Passage component will be a journey of self-discovery that unlocks the hidden resilience of the students as fundamental to their manhood. Included are a host of experiential activities that create and hone life skills. 

Tuition and fees are $2,995 for the two week Academy and include boarding at Princeton University, curriculum, meals, and field trips. Full scholarships are available based upon need. Toby Sanders is the co-founder and director of Curriculum of From the Fire and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He states, "The young men who will attend From the Fire are the key to their own transformation."

From the Fire will be held July 22-August 3, 2018 at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. The application deadline is March 31, 2018. For more information and to apply, go to  View a special message from Delroy Lindo about From the