The Director, Youth Education Services Latasha Battie, plays a critical role in leading, developing, implementing, and advancing the YWCA's Youth & STEAM programming, with particular emphasis on Out of School Time, STEM and college and career readiness programming. Mrs. Battie has over 20 years of experience developing OST and STEM youth development programs for two nationally recognized institutions: the Museum of Science and Industry and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). Prior to joining the YWCA, she spent the last seven years, developing out of school time programs for Chicago Youth Centers in seven Chicago Public Schools receiving funding from ISBE 21st Century Community Learning Centers, DFSS~ CHA OST grant and Nike; reaching over 700 youth and teens. Latasha is currently a Trainer for Illinois Afterschool Network, where she travels across the state of Illinois training youth practitioners in after school topics from Setting up Homework Clubs in OST, Positive Guidance Discipline and hands-on inquiry-based STEM activities that can be used in any OST programs. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology. She holds graduate degrees in Curriculum Instruction and Technology and Curriculum Instruction, Management and Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.