The Possible Project’s student entrepreneurs come from different backgrounds and cultures, but they soon find they have much in common. They’re up for a creative challenge. They’re excited to start a business. And they soon learn that through an entrepreneurial mindset, anything is possible.
Meet a few of our students and learn more about how to nominate a young person to participate in The Possible Project.
Niah Carvalho is tall and uninhibited – and sometimes had a hard time in school. She got into programs for gifted students, but as one of few students-of-color, she suffered bullying and didn’t believe she could ever amount to anything. At TPP, she initially disrupted classes with loud singing. But once she hit upon the idea of making and marketing an all-natural skin scrub, she had her first taste of success. She could have been derailed by a blow-up with her business partner on the night before the product’s unveiling at TPP’s Marketplace. But a staff mentor convinced her not to quit and she became the day’s top seller.
After that turning point, Niah became one of TPP’s most popular students, was accepted by 16 colleges, and currently attends UMass Amherst. All the while she’s kept singing. At our 2016 gala she sang the lyrics to Andra Day’s “Rise Up”: “I’ll rise up like the day…I’ll rise unafraid…And I’ll do it a thousand times again.”
The Possible Project’s student entrepreneurs are from the five public schools in Cambridge and Boston: Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Community Charter School of Cambridge, Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, City on a Hill – Dudley Square and Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.
We hope to expand to other schools in the future. If you know a school that would be a good fit for us, please contact us!