The Future Is Mine (TFIM)

Conference breakout session

We all know people who realized from an early age just who they wanted to be and what they wanted to do. But they’re rare. Even in high school, most kids are still searching. There’s no shortcut, but our career exploration and leadership development program for high school students, The Future Is Mine (TFIM) is designed to help.

Every year TFIM gives hundreds of kids opportunities to explore careers and prepare for them. In 2020-2021, these will be virtual due to COVID-19, but likely more flexible as well.

Students work on team projects that connect them with employers in the community while developing skills they’ll need to be successful in the workplace—from organization and planning, to communications and collaboration.

TFIM caps the school year with an annual Student Leadership Conference, during which students from nearly 30 school districts convene in Downtown Pittsburgh to share their experiences with peers. As part of the event, regional employers host worksite visits that give kids a chance to meet and talk with working professionals about what their jobs are like and the training and pathways it takes to get them.

Program Overview

  • Open to high school students in grades 9 through 12
  • Supports over 700 students annually
  • Currently serving 26 high schools in western Pennsylvania
  • Program active since: 2000

Participating High Schools

  • Belle Vernon Area High School
  • Brownsville Area High School
  • Canon-McMillan High School
  • Clairton High School
  • Greensburg Salem
  • Lawrence County Career & Technical Center
  • McKeesport Area High School
  • Montour High School
  • Mt. Pleasant Area High School
  • Pittsburgh Brashear High School
  • Perry Traditional Academy
  • Ringgold High School
  • South Allegheny High School
  • Southmoreland High School
  • Springdale High School
  • Steel Valley High School
  • Woodland Hills High School
  • Yough Senior High School

Program Point of Contact

Gina Barrett

Jennifer Sethman