As the Consortium brings business, higher education and community partners together to help kids prepare for careers, there’s one partner we don’t want to leave out—the kids themselves. That’s why we launched Power of Peers (POP), a mini-grant program that provides seed funds to students to design career learning and skill development experiences they believe are needed to be successful.
To apply for grants, students must work in teams with a teacher-advisor to design projects that would help their peers answer one of the three questions critical to planning for the future: Who am I? Who do I want to be? and How do I get there?
Possibilities include projects that provide opportunities for career exploration or raise awareness of career pathways.
Additionally, projects could help peers assess their interests and/or see connections between those interests and different career pathways. Projects also might introduce and/or help peers practice the kinds of soft skills needed for success in the workplace.
All teams must have at least five middle or high school members, an adult advisor and a commitment from their school administration. All proposals must present a clear plan, a timeline for execution, attainable outcomes, a budget and a plan for assessing success/impact. Grants up to $500 are available to support a team’s work. Before submitting formal grant requests, teams will begin the application process by submitting project summaries for Consortium staff to help refine.