The Possible Project utilizes entrepreneurship as a vehicle for youth to learn marketable STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Additionally, students develop the characteristics that research shows are vital to success in any field; leadership, resilience, self-confidence, teamwork, professionalism, and a strong work ethic. Our ultimate goal for each student is that 10 years after graduating high school, he or she is self-sufficient and has a career, not just a job.
Our program changes the course of students’ lives. Here’s how.
Despite the challenges many of our students face, 98 percent of 2016 graduates have been accepted to college and matriculated. TPP’s classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 achieved nearly 100 percent high school graduation rates.
There are currently 200 student ventures operating at The Possible Project. Examples of student ventures include production and sales of natural hair products, clothing, hand-made candles, and loose-leaf tea.
We currently serve 305 students at our site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2016, we began serving 47 students at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in the Dudley/Roxbury neighborhood of Boston
Eighty percent of our students complete each of the six 12-week trimesters, or levels, of our program over the course of 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Students must attend/complete 75 percent of each session—the equivalent of 60 hours—in order to progress to the next level.
We administer the Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) to students at the end of their third trimester in the program to examine their growth in 21st century skills. The HSA measures 14 student social/emotional skills and attitudes including empathy, emotional control, optimism, and more.
In our most recent administration of the HSA, students reported statistically significant improvement on 11 of the 14 constructs, with no significant change on the others. On most of the constructs, over 80 percent of students reported growth.
We currently serve students from all three Cambridge and two Boston public high schools:
*Community Charter School of Cambridge
*Cambridge Rindge and Latin
*Prospect Hill Academy
*City on a Hill Dudley Square
*Madison Park Technical Vocational High School