The Need

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Today...

More than ever, schools need to prepare students for life.

Leaders in education and business agree that soft skills are the missing link for student workforce readiness and success after graduation. Yet, education focuses on academics at the expense of real world learning.

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of US employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer

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of US employers believe that soft skills are just as important as hard skills

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of HR managers said they would hire a candidate with strong soft skills even if hard skills were weak

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of employees want more emphasis on critical thinking, complex problem solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real world settings

Source: CareerBuilder, US Employer Survey, April 2010

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of US employers have job openings that stay vacant for 12 weeks or longer

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of US employers believe that soft skills are just as important as hard skills

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of HR managers said they would hire a candidate with strong soft skills even if hard skills were weak

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of employees want more emphasis on critical thinking, complex problem solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real world settings

Source: CareerBuilder, US Employer Survey, April 2010

Why does whole-student education matter?


Academia focuses on teaching knowledge and memorizing facts.


Life requires wisdom.


A whole-student approach to education includes teaching students how to think, feel and act.

A lack of soft skill development can lead to:

  • Low student engagement higher drop out rates
  • Future student underemployment
  • Low student wellbeing and mental health
  • Decline in school culture
  • Increased skill gap in business
  • Less engaged citizens
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”Mark Twain
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Whole-student education

Build personal confidence

Leads to improved health

Traditional academics keep students in their seats, and in the classroom. Big Idea Project gives students ownership of their learning and challenges them to solve real world problems that impact others. 

The result? Students become leaders.

The rate of suicide among teens has tripled since 1960. Colorado is double the national average for teen suicide. Students in schools struggle to see their worth and find their voice. Re-humanizing the education system means that our youth are seen as people first, and students second.

Prepares students for successful work

Employers need to hire good employees, but the global skill gap continues to widen. Every graduate should be able to confidently apply real world skills and knowledge to life. Employers are quickly realizing that applied skills are more desirable than hard skills.

Strengthens the community

When we provide transformational experiences to youth, we all win. Stronger businesses, stronger families, stronger communities.

Modeling generosity

With Big Idea Project, you are ensuring that our students become the employees we want, a generation we respect, the citizens we need, and engaged citizens.

We've provided

opportunities and life-changing experiences to over

2,100 

Students

We walk the hallways, visit classrooms and sit with students. We hear their stories of defeat, stress and concern for their future. They tell us the Big Idea Project was the best work they ever accomplished in school.

There are
14.4
Million Students
enrolled in high school in the United States who need a better way to learn.

Together, we can be the solution.

Give Now

Source: 2018 Impact Report

We've provided

opportunities and life-changing experiences to over

2,100 

Students

We walk the hallways, visit classrooms and sit with students. We hear their stories of defeat, stress and concern for their future. They tell us the Big Idea Project was the best work they ever accomplished in school.

There are
14.4
Million Students
enrolled in high school in the United States who need a better way to learn.

Together, we can be the solution.

Give Now

Source: 2018 Impact Report