Luminus Named Howard County Changemaker Challenge Finalist 


Update: We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded $15,000 in the Changemaker Challenge! 

Thank you so much to the staff, volunteers, Board members, and community who voted for us, cheered us on, and stands with us in this important work we do. You made this possible. Onward!


From the event

Martina’s story

Esther’s story

Freshta’s story

The Situation:


The Solution: 

Our Changemaker innovation is to empower up to 10 young immigrant women or non-binary people in Howard County Public Schools who are specifically seeking to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through comprehensive immigration representation and mentorship. 

We recognize that both the immigration and education journeys take years to complete, so we are committed to program participants for the long-term through our immigration and mentorship supports. This approach begins to build a solid pipeline for the STEM workforce among underrepresented communities, building a virtuous cycle of increased participation in that well-paid field.  


The Challenge: 

All of the finalists will be pitching our solutions in front of a live and virtual audience May 7th from 6:00-8:00pm. We need your votes to win grant funding for our solution. Please mark your calendar and plan to vote for Luminus. 

 We are deeply grateful to the Howard County Sponsors: Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland, Community Foundation of Howard County, the Women’s Giving Circle, and County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball, for providing grant funding, a finalist stipend, and coaching and mentoring to all the finalists.