Community Involvement

PE Cares

Our passion is fueled by a desire to inspire and empower others. That's why giving back to our community is so important to us, a vital piece of the PE Way mantra.

Community Partners

We work with the best of Chicago's philanthropic organizations and are proud to contribute to their efforts

The UIC Black Tech Scholars

The UIC Black Tech Scholars

The mission of the UIC Black Tech Scholars Program is to ensure professional and web development instruction and opportunities for African American undergraduate students in order to foster interest and representation in the technology industry.

NAJWA Dance Corps

NAJWA Dance Corps

NAJWA Dance Corps performs dance styles and techniques of different eras reflective of the African American experience-educating and entertaining audiences of all cultural backgrounds.

By the Hand Club for Kids

By the Hand Club for Kids

By The Hand is a Chicago-based, after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child—mind, body and soul. Our vision is to help kids in need of critical intervention have abundant life.

Higher Learning Network

Higher Learning Network

Higher Learning Network’s mission is to empower and teach urban youth and adults how to develop their own natural gifts, talents and abilities: with a focus on life skills, job training and entrepreneurial skills.


Through their in-depth professional mentoring and hands-on experiential opportunities, Productive Edge was able to provide our scholars with valuable professional and personal insight that encouraged growth, while improving the level of diversity within the tech field. This partnership between Productive Edge and UIC’s African American Academic Network has proven to be one of the most exciting and rewarding collaborations we have ever experienced.

Joseph Fields,

UIC AAAN Associate Director

Community Outreach Events

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Job Shadowing

To kick off the UIC Black Tech Scholars' pilot program, our team hosted the program's first cohort for a job shadowing event in our Chicago office

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24-hour Hackathon

The UIC Black Tech Scholars students and staff combined forces with our team for a 24-hour hackathon to develop the program's website

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Tech Workshops

A team of Productive Edgers visited several By the Hand Club for Kids afterschool program sites, providing interactive demonstrations to high school students

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The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge

In 24 hours, we rebuilt the website for NAJWA Dance Corps from the ground up, we even won some awards: Greatest Functionality and Best UX/Design!

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