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Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Jones.

Karen, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up in inner-city Philadelphia, Service was always part of my life, on the receiving end. From involvement with the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Scouts, United Way and Salvation Army Programs. I am very blessed for all of the wonderful people and my mom that poured into me their love, their faith and their gifts which helped me to have a strong foundation of community.

I also started my love of Science at an early age and attended an Agriculture High School just outside Philadelphia, and prior to graduating from College with a degree in Chemistry, I volunteered in the lab at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. After graduation, I moved to Dallas, Texas with family and started my career with Abbott in Research and Development. I recently retired from Abbott in 2016 after 33 years and while working at Abbott I continued supporting my community by volunteering with various groups involving youth.


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We are a Lake County based organization of volunteers offering girls a unique and engaging mentoring program focused on exposing participants to Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Art and Math (S.T. E².A.M.) activities.  

Building confidence is a key to success. Offering a variety of unique programming to keep young minds interested is also important.  If you are interested in volunteering to help deliver this unique learning approach, please contact us.  Guest speakers are also welcome. 

Support our Mission!

To help meet the S.T. E².A.M. programming needs of Chocolate Chips Association, funding is required.  All funds received provides required resources for workshops, books, programming supplies, guest speakers, field trips, and other necessary programming needs. 

We welcome financial support for specific events and for on-going program support. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

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Chocolate Chips Association is a S.T.E².A.M. program for girls.  

Participant scholarships are available for girls requesting support.

Registration is August 1st to September 30th each calendar year,

until program slots are filled.

Your gift today can help shape a girls future.