The Possible Project and Life Science Cares announce a new partnership to support entrepreneurial-based learning in Massachusetts public schools
Boston– May 3, 2017 – The Possible Project (TPP) and Life Science Cares today announced a new partnership that will provide donations and expertise to TPP’s mission of promoting entrepreneurialism in urban public schools. A new non-profit emerging from one of the Commonwealth’s leading industries, Life Science Cares offers resources and expertise to organizations with a proven track record of success in providing effective and efficient service to people impacted by poverty in the Greater Boston area.
“The Possible Project is blessed and honored to collaborate with Life Science Cares and connect our state’s leading scientific minds to our aspiring student entrepreneurs,” said Becky Levin, TPP Executive Director. “We believe this partnership will inspire our students to seek opportunities within STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) fields and to develop the social-emotional skills necessary to work collaboratively and solve problems in a high-level career path.”
Kicking off their partnership, TPP received a donation of 20 computers from Life Science Cares member organization Goodwin, a leading Global 50 law firm.
“Goodwin is proud to support The Possible Project in its mission to help mold the next generation of innovators, scientists, artists and engineers through educational initiatives that empower students to be entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative,” said Mitch Bloom, Partner at Goodwin and Chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice.
Since 2010, The Possible Project (TPP) has joined forces with school districts in some of the Commonwealth’s most complex communities to teach important personal and professional skills including social emotional learning, job readiness, STEM, entrepreneurialism and design. Centered on practical and interactive learning, students are asked to apply these skills by developing their own businesses or participating in TPP’s enterprise business opportunities. For example, students are taught to buy, sell and trade goods online through TPP’s ‘We Sell’ program. They also have access to TPP’s ‘Made Possible’ makerspace, where students can invent their own products using new technology and equipment such as 3D printers, computer aided design (CAD) software, and laser cutters.
Through the collaboration, Life Science Cares will directly connect industry professionals to TPP students to facilitate high level skill development and business acumen.
“Our partnership with TPP will go far beyond our financial contribution,” said Rob Perez, founder and chairman of Life Science Cares. “We will be working alongside students in the TPP makerspace, sharing our experiences with the TPP classrooms, and helping students develop and execute their business plans. We are thrilled to be part of TPP’s innovative approach to education.”
Life Science Cares is uniquely positioned to support the work of TPP as the organization’s mission is centered on contributing intellectual capital in addition to financial resources to their non-profit partners. Founded in 2015, Life Science Cares is made up of company executives and science leaders who were motivated to put the true good that life sciences companies represent into action—not just for human health, but for human potential.
In just the last year, Life Science Cares has recruited 75+ industry leaders to unite their human and financial resources to end poverty in Greater Boston including Alnylam Pharmaceuticals CEO John Maraganore, Vertex Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeffrey Leiden, MassBio CEO Bob Coughlin, Ovascience founder and chairwoman Michelle Dipp, and Massachusetts Life Sciences Center CEO Travis McCready. Other notable community leaders on Life Science Care’s Board of Advisors include former Governor Deval Patrick, and Greg Shell from Bain Capital, former Forum Pharmaceuticals CEO Deborah Dunsire and former Cubist Pharmaceuticals CEO Mike Bonney.
About The Possible Project
The Possible Project (TPP) is a three year, extended learning time program that teaches high school students with untapped potential how to create and run their own businesses within the 21st century economy while gaining important personal and professional life skills. Using entrepreneurship as the vehicle, students learn workforce readiness through hands-on business enterprises, STEM skills in TPP’s state of the art makerspace, and personal and career self-advocacy through mentor partnerships and in-depth planning and counseling. Through these interactive programs, students develop vital life skills including assertiveness, leadership, critical thinking, resilience, professionalism, self-confidence, and teamwork. TPP’s strategic objective is to see their students financially self-sufficient, secure and gainfully employed in a professional industry within ten years of completing the program. In 2017, TPP will serve 420 students in 5 schools.
TPP is based in Cambridge and was founded in 2010 by Mark and Becky Levin, two biotech industry entrepreneurs, along with several of their industry colleagues included Gary Cohen, Peter McLoughlin, and Laurence Reid.
Life Science Cares is a collective effort of the life science industry to help address impact of poverty and inequality on our neighbors in the greater Boston area. Through uniting the human and financial resources of life science companies and industry leaders, we support service organizations that do the best work in fighting poverty and providing educational opportunity in our community. We work with organizations doing work in the areas of basic human survival (hunger, homelessness, domestic abuse, crime prevention, etc.), education (STEM education, college preparation and college success, educational enrichment and inspiration, etc.) and sustainability (job creation, job training, mentoring, and economic development.)