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Life-changing and transformational


The chance for your child to become their best self.


Navigating school and preparing for the future has never been more complex, stressful or competitive, for both parents and students. Through a focus on whole-child development that includes workforce ready skills, social emotional growth and wellbeing, the Big Idea Project (BIP) helps high school students become Generous Leaders® who have the mindset, confidence, skills and experience to be their best in life and work after high school.

“I can make a difference”

In their words


We call this ‘entrepreneurial confidence.’ When students see that they can do something about challenging social problems, they carry that confidence with them throughout life. Big problems are not insurmountable. Big problems just need a creative idea and the will to make a difference.

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Life-changing and transformational


The chance for your child to become their best self.


Navigating school and preparing for the future has never been more complex, stressful or competitive, for both parents and students. Through a focus on whole-child development that includes workforce ready skills, social emotional growth and wellbeing, the Big Idea Project (BIP) helps high school students become Generous Leaders® who have the mindset, confidence, skills and experience to be their best in life and work after high school.

“I can make a difference”

In their words


We call this ‘entrepreneurial confidence.’ When students see that they can do something about challenging social problems, they carry that confidence with them throughout life. Big problems are not insurmountable. Big problems just need a creative idea and the will to make a difference.

Prepare your child to achieve their dreams


As a parent, you want your child to learn values, grow in character and acquire relevant skills that will unleash their potential to live their best life. School today focuses only on academic knowledge at the expense of providing formative experiences that shape how a student applies their knowledge to real life. Big Idea Project is the missing piece your child needs.

Through the Big Idea Project your child will have the chance to own their learning, practice leadership and responsibility, put creative problem solving into action and learn resilience by failing forward. Many students say Big Idea Project is the most challenging project they’ve ever done in school, and by far the most impactful. It changes them for the better.

Students are leaps and bounds ahead of their peers because the complete the class with a high-value real world portfolio that displays their skills to employers and colleges.

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How the project works:


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A BIG IDEA

Teams of 3-4 identify a social problem they care about and come up with a way to help solve it
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BUSINESS MENTOR

Together with a business mentor, teams create a plan for taking action
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ACTION

Students have the semester to work their plan and make their Big Idea come to life
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PRESENTATION

At the end of the semester, teams create a storytelling video and present their results
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COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP

Winning teams have the chance to win a college scholarship!

And there's more!

In addition to life-long learning, each student on the winning teams receives a $250 college scholarship.

Parents

Your students will learn:


Job relevant skills


Leadership as well as hard-to-find soft skills like problem-solving, responsibility, teamwork, creativity, project planning, initiative, public speaking and much more.

Generous Leadership®


True leadership is more than a set of skills. Students engage in an experience that creates mind shifts around personal worth and purpose, selfless service and perseverance.

Resiliency


Big Idea Project is challenging. Failure 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 real life


Big Idea Project requires that students implement ideas and get results. Their results (chronicled in a storytelling video and professional portfolio) are the proof colleges and future employers are specifically looking for. Long-term projects are seen as far more valuable than volunteer hours.

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Key program outcomes


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Growth in knowledge and skills
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Believe they can lead
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of educators agree BIP helps their students

Source: Big Idea Project 2018 Impact Report

“I witnessed an incredibly shy girl transform into a confident leader of her group who discovered her love for public speaking and working with other people (even though it scared her). Now, she is going to be pursuing education to try to replicate that same effect for other students.”Teacher

Participating schools



Don’t see your school and want Big Idea Project for your child?

Great! Please tell your principal that you want your child to participate in the Big Idea Project (BIP) Program. Administrators must contact BIP to participate and can reach us here:

(720) 722-2003 | info@bigideaproject.org

FAQs for parents


Student videos and pictures are used for program and marketing purposes for Big Idea Project only. They serve as our proof to the public of the good work students are doing in our schools and communities.

If parents opt to not fill out the Student Participation Agreement, their student cannot participate.

The Big Idea Project works with districts and schools to implement the program in the best context for each school. If your school does not offer the Big Idea Project, talk to your principal, district or email a school board member.

To present at State, your student will need to win their school’s presentation event. All State teams must follow the Standards to Compete as well as notify BIP of their participation in the State event.

Upon graduation, BIP will send letters to all scholarship recipients. Graduates have 18 months after graduation to claim their scholarship by contacting BIP and providing the mailing address for the financial services department at their college. BIP will send the award directly to the appropriate office. If money is not claimed within 18 month the student forfeits their award.

The Big Idea Project is usually free of charge to families because districts, schools and community partner choose to provide the opportunity for students. Some schools may choose to charge a small student fee when school funding is needed.

Your teacher is certified and trained to implement Big Idea Project in any class. If your school chooses to offer the Big Idea Project, your student is fortunate to have an opportunity others wish they had.

The Big Idea Project is a service learning program that provides the context, curriculum and real world experience students need to develop workforce ready skills, social emotional competency and leadership experience. Big Idea Project’s program is values-based and focuses on developing the ‘whole child’ by caring for their wellbeing, encouraging their passions and giving students the chance to drive their own learning.

Projects are completely student-led. Teachers provide lessons and coaching 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 give students many opportunities to work on their projects in class.

All Big Idea Project students are considered BIP alumni. As an alumnus, your student will receive access to ongoing professional experiences, skills training, networking with leaders, access to internships and jobs, collaboration with other alumni, events, service opportunities and much more! The only key is that students must provide current contact information to BIP so the organization can keep in touch.

Every student who wishes to participate must have their parent or next of kin sign the Student Participation Agreement. This agreement allows us to use your child’s video and pictures from their project for Presentation events and storytelling.

We ask parents to opt-in student personal contact information 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.

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