Established in 2016, The Young Manufacturers Association (YMA) serves as both a network and a program for young adults, aged 18-29, who are pursuing careers in manufacturing, in-between jobs, in training or interested in starting a career in manufacturing.


As a network, YMA organizes regular meetings and social events for its members. YMAers support one another as peers through training, transition into permanent employment, professional and life skills development, and balancing personal and work life dynamics.


As a program, YMA provides services on an as-needed basis, including career coaching, wrap-around supports, employer liaison to help troubleshoot issues that come up at work, and technical training. We have a paid Manufacturing Training Program for young adults from the Southern Suburbs of Chicago underway. We plan to start our next paid training by February 2021, contact us for more details! 


Together, the YMA network and program are serving the untapped talent and potential that young adults represent to their communities and their current or future employers.  As of 2020, there are over 75 members spread across the South and West side and southern suburbs of Chicago. 

Want to join or learn more?

Contact Torres Hughes, YMA Coordinator,, 773-278-5418 x 40

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YMA Members Benefit:

  1. Career Exposure - learn about a variety of job openings and careers related to manufacturing

  2. Technical Training - access training that increases employability

  3. Peer Support - Regular meetings for YMA members who are already working, training or in-between jobs to get together and share experiences, advice, provide support and encouragement to one another about how to persist through challenges that effect performance on the job. 

  4. Leadership Development- YMA identifies opportunities for members and participants to learn how to become leaders in their community.  

  5. YMA Academy - Workshop sessions designed to help participants learn about and reflect on social, emotional, financial behaviors that can help or hurt making progress in one’s career.  

  6. Job Placement and Retention Supports-YMA staff work on an individualized basis with each member who wants to secure employment in manufacturing. Staff will provide coaching and case management before, during and after securing employment to help ensure successful transition.   

Manufacturers Benefit:

  1. New Employee Retention Support - concerns with your recent young adult hire? We are glad to follow-up and help troubleshoot how to keep your young hire engaged on the job.  

Contact Manufacturing Renaissance

3411 W. Diversey Ave, Suite 10

Chicago, IL 60647


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