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September 2019

Brian Hernandez – Alumni Profile

Education

Brian (center) working with a student (left) and Possible Project Entrepreneurship Education Associate Nana Younge (right) during the 2019 Summer Session in Cambridge.

Brian (center) working with a student (left) and Possible Project Entrepreneurship Education Associate Nana Younge (right) during the 2019 Summer Session in Cambridge.

Brian Hernandez was a freshman at Community Charter School of Cambridge when he first learned about The Possible Project at a club fair in 2012. He joined the next year and has been involved ever since!

Brian said that learning how to start and run a business taught him a lot of valuable lessons. Lessons he applied immediately while supporting his family at the restaurant his father runs. But also lessons that he used when making a decision about what to study in college.

Brian graduated from High School and The Possible Project in 2016. He’s currently pursuing a degree in 3-D animation at in college – a passion he deepened while studying at The Possible Project.

He noted that even though he knew he didn’t want to pursue entrepreneurship as a career, he was able to easily see how the lessons learned apply to careers more broadly and that’s a huge part of what he appreciates about the program.

“Entrepreneurship goes into any career.  Learning how to network and run a business will help you compete for higher paying jobs”

Brian said he explored his passion for design at The Possible Project working with one of our in-house enterprises: Made Possible. That’s where he was able to dive into 3-D design.

Made Possible is a social enterprise housed with The Possible Project. At Made Possible students interface with customers and help execute contracts and orders. They use design software and fabrication equipment to conceive, create, complete and deliver projects in consultation with actual clients who have hired The Possible Project. Students are learning how to be a member of a team, how to be accountable to themselves and to their teammates, as well as to their managers with whom they work to set goals, measure progress, and focus on accountability for results.

Brian said working with Made Possible is where a lot began to click for him: “With the focus on Adobe software and other programs, Made Possible was more intensive and aligned with my interest.”

Brian joined The Possible Project to learn and grow personally from entrepreneurial teaching, what he was not expecting was to develop a passion and desire in a career. Made Possible showed Brian that his true passion was 3-D animation design and how entrepreneurship affects all fields of work in this world and not just business.

Brian continues to come back to support current Possible Project students as a Teaching Assistant as often as his time allows.

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