DeVry University Sponsors STEM Lab in New Boys & Girls Club of Elgin Location

DeVry University STEM Lab to Open in 2022

SOUTH ELGIN – Oct. 5, 2021 – The Boys and Girls Club of Elgin (BGCE) announces their partnership with DeVry University for the development of a state-of-the-art STEM Laboratory in its Clubhouse, slated to open in 2022. Once open, the state-of-the-art facility will provide daily education, meals, and activities for over 250 children from kindergarten-eighth grade.

DeVry University will have permanent and sole naming rights of the Lab, permanent onsite signage, and volunteer opportunities for DeVry colleagues, faculty, students and alumni. Their deep understanding of technology and its impact on work will help further the mission of The Boys & Girls Club of America, starting with BGCE.

Cathy Russell, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin, said: “The Boys & Girls Club of Elgin is committed to enriching the lives of youth in the surrounding area through its range of programs and initiatives. The Club is well positioned to prepare young people for 21st-century success through its 26 plus years of experience serving at-risk youth in the Elgin area, dedicated social/emotional resilience training, mentorship programs, focus on skills development in STEM and the arts, and workforce development initiatives. It is through strong community partnerships, like the one with DeVry University, who has a national footprint and is demonstrating its roots in Illinois, that makes continuing our mission in South Elgin possible.”

“The pandemic has worked to rapidly accelerate the digital nature of the economy – and with that, created huge demand for the skills needed to thrive in tech enabled careers[1],” said Tom Monahan, President and CEO of DeVry University. “At DeVry, we must help prepare the next generations with digital readiness skills to succeed in the future workforce. We know it is crucial for children and teens in South Elgin – and across the nation -- to have access to the opportunities that a STEM Lab will provide and help open their minds to potential careers in tech. Our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin is an opportunity to do just that. We look forward to welcoming Club members when the STEM Lab opens.”

The BGCE’s current fundraising campaign has raised more than $3.9 million of its $4.5 million goal — including DeVry University’s Gift. Major donors of the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin include the South Elgin-based Hoffer Foundation and the Wayne-based Wisdom Family Foundation — each gifting $1 million towards the $4.5 million fundraising goal.

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About Boys and Girls Club

Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin, we believe that every child deserves a place to feel safe and connected — but most importantly, a place to belong. 

With the help of professional and caring mentors, the use of enriching programs, and support from community members, the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin can provide such a place for kids to feel safe, connect with others, and build the skills and confidence needed to reach their highest potential.


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DeVry University strives to close society’s opportunity gap and address emerging talent needs by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online in Business, Healthcare and Technology. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, The university’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. To learn more, visit