The Possible Project is an afterschool program that uses entrepreneurship as a framework to close the skills and opportunities gap facing young people with untapped potential.
We guide students through a dynamic curriculum, including hands-on work experience and individualized career planning, to develop the personal qualities that predict future professional success.
In short, we believe anything is possible!
We help our students develop the personal and professional skills necessary for lifelong success.
We provide the space, resources, and support students need to succeed in high school—and beyond.
The Possible Project changes lives. Read what our students have to say.
Despite the challenges many of our students face, 98 percent of 2016 graduates have been accepted to college and matriculated. TPP’s classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 achieved nearly 100 percent high school graduation rates.
There are currently 200 student ventures operating at The Possible Project. Examples of student ventures include production and sales of natural hair products, clothing, hand-made candles, and loose-leaf tea.
We currently serve 305 students at our site in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2016, we began serving 47 students at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in the Dudley/Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.
Eighty percent of our students complete each of the six 12-week trimesters, or levels, of our program over the course of 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Students must attend/complete 75 percent of each session—the equivalent of 60 hours—in order to progress to the next level.
We administer the Holistic Student Assessment (HSA) to students at the end of their third trimester in the program to examine their growth in 21st century skills. The HSA measures 14 student social/emotional skills and attitudes including empathy, emotional control, optimism, and more. In our most recent administration of the HSA, students reported statistically significant improvement on 11 of the 14 constructs, with no significant change on the others. On most of the constructs, over 80 percent of students reported growth
We currently serve students from all three Cambridge and two Boston public high schools: *Community Charter School of Cambridge *Cambridge Rindge and Latin *Prospect Hill Academy *City on a Hill Dudley Square *Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
We welcomed members of the community to an open house to showcase the new space that will serve as the hub for our work in Boston over the coming years. Guests had the opportunity to learn more about The Possible Project’s programmatic components through activities and games that detailed the curriculum of our entrepreneurship work with students, the job-readiness skills students develop through our social enterprises, and the post-secondary planning we support students in pursuing through our pathways work. They also had the opportunity to interact with the architects who are designing the space and to get creative with our friends from Artists for Humanity.
The Possible Project was excited to host our partners at TripAdvisor at a recent Student Marketplace and to be featured as a part of their Trip Gives campaign. Many thanks for this great video featuring the student entrepreneurs working with our organization.
January 6th, 2020
We welcomed 80 guests, plus speakers, panelists, and staff, to our Pathways to Purpose event in November 2019. After an hour of networking and current students leading guests through two activities (cup stacking and marshmallow challenges, which students conveyed are part of our curriculum to teach and practice skills in communication, design, and teamwork), we moved into the event space…