Guest panelists (center row) Consuela, V-103 on-air personality; Regina Williams, general manager internet radio station and DJ Niena Drake, entrepreneur, pose with Chicago-area teens participating in the "Power of Possibilities" one day boot camp exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Entrepreneurship careers through the lens of the music industry.  The event was made possible by ComEd in partnership with The Remix Project Chicago.

Guest panelists (center row) Consuela, V-103 on-air personality; Regina Williams, general manager internet radio station and DJ Niena Drake, entrepreneur, pose with Chicago-area teens participating in the “Power of Possibilities” one day boot camp exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and Entrepreneurship careers through the lens of the music industry. The event was made possible by ComEd in partnership with The Remix Project Chicago.

ComEd couldn’t have chosen a better time to partner with The Remix Project Chicago to launch its Power of Possibilities campaign honoring Black History Month. This campaign is designed to help Chicago-area youth discover how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can unlock the possibilities of achieving a career in any industry.

Many types of jobs seem scarce or hard to come by, but jobs in STEM fields are on the rise. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, African-Americans are historically underrepresented in the STEM field, making up only about six percent of STEM jobs in the nation.

“As an innovative company that values diversity, ComEd has a tremendous opportunity and a responsibility to inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Kevin Brookins, senior vice president of Strategy and Administration at ComEd. “We are exposing youth to these critical areas of study to help them realize how they can lead to a career in any area.” This opportunity is one that the youthful participants would not otherwise have. The introduction and exposure to new career areas and ideas are key to helping them realize the world of opportunities is much bigger than they ever imagined. It’s the beginning of learning that they have choices.

ComEd and The Remix Project Chicago hosted a one day boot camp to expose students to professionals working in underexposed areas of the music industry as part of the campaign. Thirty Chicago-area juniors and seniors from Young Men’s Educational Network (YMEN), Leo High School and the Remix Project Chicago participated in breakout sessions led by celebrity musical guests, including Keshia Chante, DJ Niena Drake, KY Engineering, and John Monopoly.

“We are excited to partner with ComEd to continue building career opportunities for Chicago’s young and talented leaders,” said Derek “Drex” Jancar, co-founder and CFO of The Remix Project. “Local partnerships and support such as this have made it possible for Remix Chicago to expand our services and launch the first semester of Recording Arts programming later this month.”

The Power of Possibilities campaign will also include a series of radio, billboard, print and digital advertisements featuring students from YMEN and Leo High School.

ComEd invites the general public to discover the possibilities STEM creates in the music industry by visiting ComEd.com/Possibilities to watch videos capturing the science behind carving out a career in music, the opportunities evolving technology has opened up, the importance of engineering in creating a song and how math is used to plan and manage success.

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