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Chocolate Chips Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Lake County, IL.  Its mission is to instill a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Art and Math (S.T. E².A.M.) in girls, with a goal of increasing the number of females interested in STEAM related careers. 

Chocolate Chips Association supports each participant in reaching their full potential by providing an engaging educational curriculum and mentorship, while instilling values that promote cultural awareness and healthy living.  Participants graduate from Chocolate Chips Association with a greater level of confidence and desire to succeed.  Serving youth within the local community is Chocolate Chips Association's ultimate goal.

Who we serve:

Elementary Program - Supports Lake County girls in 2nd – 5th grades.  The program year is from September to May. 

We are currently offering four programs:
Saturday S.T. E².A.M.  School Program, 

  • Supports minority girls in Lake County

School Day S.T. E².A.M.  workshops

  • Oakdale Elementary School, Waukegan

After School S.T. E².A.M.  workshops

  • Waukegan Housing Authority, Armory and Barwell Homes 
  • ​Heart of the City Soccer Team, Waukegan

Middle School and High School Program - We continue our S.T.E².A.M. focus and support girls in 6th to 12th grades with Monthly Meetings with scientific workshops, field trips, and STEM mentoring opportunities with our community and corporate partners.  The program year is from September to June.

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Board of Directors

Karen J. Jones, MBA, PMP
President and CEO
Retired Abbott

Paula Jenkins, MBA
Funding Director
Owner, LFS Consulting LLC
John Maxwell Certified Team Member

Dr. Carla Little, Ph.D.
Scientific Director
State of IL DPH, Office of
Preparedness and Response

Karyn Quick, MBA
Technology Director
Shire Head of Testing
Center of Excellence

Samantha Reyes
Social Media Marketing Director
Creative Director, Greater Waukegan Development Coalition

Lenita SimsSpears, ESQ.
Legal Director
Regulatory Law Consultant and
Adjunct Law Professor, JMLS

Jackie Tompkins, CPA, CMA

Lisa Wilkerson, R.Ph., MS, MBA
Marketing Director
AbbVie Commercial Marketing Director

“Empowering young girls to discover the scientific world since 2003”