FORGE at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center

What is FORGE?


Forging Opportunities Rooted in Growth and Engagement is an out-of-school-time program offered by the local nonprofit North River Commission in collaboration with Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center. FORGE is free to all registered students and their parents/guardians/caregivers. FORGE provides all programming and materials free to its participants. FORGE is funded by the North River Commission (NRC), including a grant from Illinois State Board of Education Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).

Marc Lopez: Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Site Coordinator

Bio coming soon!


Jennifer Sutton: Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center Principal

I am starting my 8th year at Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center and my 23rd year as an educator. I have worked with many schools in CPS and taught for three years in Fairfax County, VA. Born and raised in Chicago, I attended CPS from Kindergarten through HS and have degrees from New York University, DePaul University, and am currently pursuing my Superintendent's license through the University of Illinois in Chicago. My hope as an educator is to bring out our students' passions and interests through enriching experiences, student leadership, and student voice.
Why FORGE? FORGE provides our students with a way to explore their interests and discover new ones while also connecting them with mentors who will support them towards a bright, happy future.

Additional FORGE Staff

Carla Escobar, School Liason


Marc Lopez, Von Site Coordinator


Maddie Polovick, FORGE Program Director



Fall 2022 Registration Form

Please fill out this form for your child(ren) that is participating in FORGE Von this fall!

Fall 2022

FORGE Class Schedule

Will be live soon!


Parent and Student Handbook SY Fall 2022-Spring 2023




FORGE Program Partners At Bateman

FORGE Partnerships