CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Possible Project (TPP), a non-profit youth entrepreneurship center that teaches high school students how to start and run their own businesses, today announced a collaboration with Takeda Oncology. The We Sell Possible Initiative, supported through Takeda Oncology’s Living Through Giving Program, will provide a $250,000 grant to expand The Possible Project’s in-house business, We Sell Possible (WSP).
“With our longstanding history at our Cambridge location and almost 20 year commitment to building and sustaining community outreach through our Living Through Giving program, we are thrilled that the We Sell Possible Initiative will be another meaningful way Takeda Oncology team members can give back to our local community.”
TPP’s WSP supports a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) curriculum and uses on-line marketplaces to resell items that have been donated to TPP or to sell items for clients on consignment. Students participating in WSP engage in all facets of the business, including research, item listing, customer service, correspondence, packaging, and shipping. In addition to weekly stipends, students earn a commission on items sold through WSP, which helps students support themselves and their families.
“The collaboration with Takeda Oncology is truly a gift that keeps on giving,” said Brenda Sanchez, Vice President of Development and Communications, The Possible Project. “This grant allows us to create a more robust program structure for WSP and increase the number of students that can participate each year, thereby providing more stipends and earned income for students and additional learning opportunities that will equip them to compete in a 21st century economy. We are extremely grateful for Takeda Oncology’s generosity and support as we work to empower Cambridge-area youth with the skills required to achieve enduring personal and professional success.”
In addition to providing financial support, Takeda Oncology employees will partner with TPP to donate time, as well as in-kind goods, through ongoing efforts such as semi-annual donation drives, mentorship, participation in pitch panels, and other areas of engagement.
“We are proud to support The Possible Project, whose mission to serve Cambridge-area youth creates such immense value for our entire community,” said Shawn Goodman, Head, Corporate Communications, Takeda Oncology. “With our longstanding history at our Cambridge location and almost 20 year commitment to building and sustaining community outreach through our Living Through Giving program, we are thrilled that the We Sell Possible Initiative will be another meaningful way Takeda Oncology team members can give back to our local community.”
The Possible Project is a three-year afterschool program that works with high school students from Cambridge, Mass., the majority of whom face barriers to success. Students launch and operate their own entrepreneurial ventures, work as part of the We Sell Possible in-house business, and receive significant advising and assistance with post-high school planning. TPP will serve 150 students this year and expects to increase to nearly 200 students in 2015.
About Takeda Oncology
Takeda Oncology, headquartered in Cambridge, MA, delivers novel medicines to patients with cancer worldwide through its commitment to science, breakthrough innovation and passion for improving the lives of cancer patients. Takeda Oncology was formerly known as Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company. Additional information about Takeda Oncology is available through its website, www.takedaoncology.com
About The Possible Project
Based in Cambridge, Mass., The Possible Project (TPP) is a non-profit organization founded by Mark and Becky Levin in 2010. TPP teaches high school students with untapped potential how to create and run their own businesses while gaining important personal and professional skills. The Possible Project uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle to impart the characteristics and competencies that make enduring personal and professional success more likely for its students. During the course of the three-year program, students become proficient in leadership, resilience, professionalism, self-confidence, teamwork and a host of other vital skills. TPP is working to close the skills and opportunities gap facing its students by providing resources and support that make them more likely to finish high school, complete education and training beyond high school, and enter careers that will provide them with a living wage. For more information on TPP, please visit https://possibleproject.org/.
Source: “The Possible Project Enters Collaboration with Takeda Oncology”, https://goo.gl/G4e2Gk, The Business Wire, 6 Feb. 2015.