Educational and professional training is a must for career success. In Massachusetts, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds struggle to finish high school, and this profoundly impacts their ability to find a job or start their own business. This realization inspired two experienced business-owners to found the Possible Project in 2010. Their goal is to provide these teens with access to a makerspace that will give them marketable skills and help guide them toward rewarding careers.
The Possible Project offers students a three-year extracurricular program that starts in tenth grade. The participants learn basic business skills (product development, marketing, sales, quality control, etc.) and become proficient in the day-to-day running of a business. Through this training they also have access to the high-tech equipment they need to build their prototypes.
The Air Liquide Foundation helped equip the makerspace by funding the purchase of a portable laser-cutting machine and cutting tables.