Hope is one of the most powerful predictors of success. It is linked consistently to improved academic performance. A student with hope has the ability to visualize the future, set goals and develop strategies to meet them, and to find and maintain the energy needed to move forward.
The foundation of our work is inspiring kids to dream, giving them hope for the future. Serving the whole child over time, from 6th through 12th grade, we help them develop the skills, support, confidence and motivation to set and achieve their goals, graduate with plans for their futures, and successfully adapt as circumstances change throughout their lives, thereby strengthening engagement in school, improving academic performance, and reinforcing positive behaviors
Project SUCCESS program activities complement the work of teachers and counselors by enriching the core curriculum and creating long-term relationships with students over seven years of continuous programming. Each year, Project SUCCESS serves over 11,000 middle and high school students in 16 Minneapolis and Saint Paul public schools through:
All Project SUCCESS activities provide a non-judgmental, supportive setting where students can find and share their voices, and gain confidence and resilience in creative thinking, decision making, goal setting and resourcefulness while developing the skills and support to plan their futures.
We are unique in that we
- serve each student in every school we serve;
- we are the only program with access to every English classrom every month for each student;
- we work with students continuously for as many as seven years, from 6th grade through 12th grade;
- we focus on the student's own short term and long term aspirations, including the possibility of college; and
- we use the arts as a springboard for inspiration, confidence, creativity and discussion in the classroom and at home.
Goal-Setting Workshops are held monthly, from 6th through 12th grade, for each child in every English/Language Arts classroom, delivered by highly trained, professional facilitators using our proven grade-specific, cummulative curriculum that is specifically designed to help students set and achieve goals. Our workshop curriculum is integrated with the academic curriculm and the common core standards for language arts. Nine out of ten high school students report that Project SUCCESS helps them create a plan for after graduation, a key predictor for future success.
Project SUCCESS uses professional theater to inspire and challenge students, demonstrate they are members of the community, and as a springboard for discussion in the classroom and at home. We invite students and their families to at least 8 performances annually at no cost to them, thanks to more than 30 professional theater partners who donate tickets. We coordinate the entire experience, including providing free transportation and child-care. The performances enrich students' shared family and community experiences, leading to more positive and supportive relaitonships and improved academic achievement.
Project SUCCESS offers activities outside of the classroom, such as college tours, artistic experiences, BWCA canoe trips, one-on-one planning support, and orientation events for incoming freshmen. These experiences are designed to offer students more opportunities to refine their goals, build relationships, and gain confidence in creative thinking, decision making and resourcefulness while developing the skills needed to plan their futures.