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© The Possible Project

Entrepreneurial Training for Students in the United States

Helping youth to discover and invest in the business world

The Air Liquide Foundation supports an American organization known as the Possible Project, which trains high-schoolers to start and run their own businesses. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds get the chance to acquire the skills and expertise they need to become entrepreneurs and active members of society.

Opening Doors for Youth in difficulty

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.

Extracurricular Training

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.

How is the Air Liquide Foundation involved?

The Air Liquide Foundation helped equip the makerspace by funding the purchase of a portable laser-cutting machine and cutting tables.

PROJECT DETAILS

  • Project Leader: The Possible Project
  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Year of Support: 2017
  • Sponsor: Kent Carter, Airgas