Jason Coleman
Co-Founder & Executive Director , Project SYNCERE
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Jason Coleman is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Project SYNCERE, an educational not-for-profit organization dedicated to exposing and preparing under-served students for careers in the STEM (Science, Math, Engineering and Technology) fields. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he worked in the aerospace industry for 3 years at BAE SYSTEMS, where he designed and developed flight control systems for military and commercial aircrafts. He was later employed with Motorola Mobility for 5 years, where he developed the mechanical layouts for the latest cellular phones. During his tenure in corporate America, he noticed the dismal amount of minorities and women in the fields of engineering and decided a change was necessary. In 2008, he co-founded Project SYNCERE in an effort to bring about a change within the STEM fields. As a product of the Chicago Public School system (Whitney Young), it was important for the co-founder to ensure access to quality programs was available to inner city youth.  Project SYNCERE has since served over 10,000 Chicago area students since their launch, helping to increase their interest in STEM and improve their overall understanding of engineering. Project SYNCERE has been recognized for its’ outstanding work and dedication to youth in the community by organizations such as the Urban League of Chicago, NBCUniversal, N’Digo, Diversity in Action, Black Enterprise and the Chicago Sun-Times. Project SYNCERE is now in its 8th year of operation and has been able to have an incredible impact on the youth throughout Chicago.  Through our partnerships with schools, universities and other community organizations we have been able to serve more than 10,000 youth since its inception. Project SYNCERE currently provides programming in more than 30 schools throughout Chicago as well as operates a year-round engineering academy to provide students with a pathway to engineering success.  Our out-of-school time programs have seen great success over the years.  We have been able to graduate 100% of our high school seniors, with 86% of them going on to college to major in a STEM related field.  Of those students studying STEM at the post-secondary level 90% have chosen to major in engineering.  Our goal is to create a national organization that will reshape the way engineering is accessed and taught to students throughout the nation.  We want to ensure that all students are provided an opportunity to develop 21st century technological skills, which will be necessary to drive our country forward as a world leader in innovation. In his spare time, Jason volunteers with other local non-profits and sits on the Advisory Board for the Chicago Children’s Museum.  Jason has been the recipient of numerous awards for his efforts in the community and has spoken on numerous panels about Strategies and Equity in STEM Education.

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