Real-world skills and experience
You want to make sure your child is prepared for their future with job-ready skills and life-changing opportunities. The Big Idea Project, and our ongoing alumni network, provide all of this and more.
Nearly 60% of employers say they have leadership gaps they can’t fill. Our students learn leadership as well as hard-to-find soft skills like problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, project planning, initiative, public speaking and much more.
True leadership is more than a set of skills. Through BIP, students engage in an experience that creates mind shifts around selfless service, personal responsibility and perseverance. They learn what it take to become a generous leader.
Big Idea Project is challenging. Challenge and road blocks build character, give students the chance to choose their attitude and action, own their vision and fight for what they believe in. Often, the most challenging becomes the most rewarding.
Results for Colleges
BIP requires that students implement ideas and get results. Their results (chronicled in a storytelling video) are the proof colleges and future employers are specifically looking for. Long-term projects are seen as more valuable than volunteer hours.
“As a parent of a Big Idea Project student, it’s exciting to see how you are inspiring a generation of public-spirited leaders focused on giving back to others. I watched my own daughter as she broadened her social conscience, set goals, worked as a team member, took initiative and stretched her comfort zone. As a result, she discovered that she has the power to make a difference in her world.”Linda, Parent
What does a project look like?
Big Idea Project gives students the space to connect their passion with their learning. They choose their project topic and then they create meaningful work that makes a positive impact on others. Here’s a sample of the work they do.
Big Idea Project is a service learning project that encourages students not just to ‘volunteer’ but to lead deeper impact that connects to their own passions and purpose. They get to be a part of something bigger than just their class and school. You will probably find that as the project progresses, your student will be excited and motivated by doing meaningful work that empowers them to unlock potential they didn’t know they had.
Projects are completely student created and student-led. Teachers provide lessons and guidance that teams need. The project may seem daunting at first, but students rise to the challenge and point back to their work as the pinnacle moment of their high school experience.
The time commitment varies by students and teams. Teachers often give students many opportunities to work on their projects in class.
We ask parents to opt-in student personal contact information only so that we can offer students the opportunities afforded to BIP alumni such as professional training, seminars, networking with business leaders and opportunities for college and job readiness. Providing this personal contact information is optional, though strongly encouraged for their future success.
If parents opt to not fill out the Student Participation Agreement, their student cannot participate.