The Future Readiness Lab is a pilot project designed to prepare students both for their post-secondary career choices and paths, as well as for community engagement. To do so, it will support them in a deep exploration of five questions.
- Who am I?
- Who do I want to become?
- How do I get there?
- How do I continue to learn?
- How do I give back to my community?
Launched in collaboration with The Heinz Endowments as part of The Future Readiness Institute, the Lab originally was conceived as a summer preparatory experience at Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center. Because of COVID-19, however, it was redesigned as a full-year virtual program that began in October.
The pilot is bringing together a small, diverse group of high school juniors from eight districts. Throughout the fall, students are working individually and in teams within their respective schools.
Among other things, students participating in the Lab will be able to answer the five guiding questions, create actionable post-secondary plans, produce a professional portfolio, and learn how to cultivate a diverse professional network. They also will participate in a variety of virtual activities designed for interacting with professionals and exploring careers.
By spring, the students will take on team projects aimed at solving a problem in their communities, while building the soft skills that employers seek and that are critical to success.