Project Success Expeditions
BWCA Adventures & Outdoor Experiences
Each summer, Project Success offers a very special seven-day canoe trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for middle school students. The BWCA Adventures experience takes everything students learn and practice by participating in Project Success curriculum at their school, and condenses it into a seven-day summer experience. It builds upon skills and confidence students have gained in Project Success’ program, and gives them a real-life experience to apply those skills, which carry over and add value to their academic experience and other real-world settings.
Students learn to work together to paddle and portage canoes, set up and break down camp, cook their own food and clean up without making an impact on the natural environment. They develop positive skills such as goal-setting, leadership, teamwork, and communication, and they build confidence and respect for the awesome beauty of the wilderness and a simple way of life. Mostly they come home with a huge sense of accomplishment that has an amazing impact on their educational and personal growth.
“Each year I traveled to the BWCA, I came away from the trip with deeper skills. These trips have taught me that I am resilient. I can handle setbacks. I love being in nature for a week straight — it’s something everyone should do for the experience.”
Henry, PS student
College and Career Tours
Our college tours empower students to think about their futures and create actionable plans to achieve their dreams. College visits are an opportunity for students to explore their goals, reflect on their own values, and feel better prepared to take on the college admissions process.
Analysis of Project Success participation data by Eric Moore, Chief of Academics and Accountability, Research and Equity Minneapolis Public Schools, finds that 67% of all students who attend PS college tours are more likely to graduate on time than students who do not participate, and that students who participate in a college tour show a 5% average increase in GPA (21% after 4 years).
“I am going to college because of Project Success. They have helped me every step of the way. I have a dream to fulfill.”
Husna, PS Alumna
Educational travel is a proven way to have a lasting impact on students and their success. Students between the ages of 12 and 18 who travel outside of the region where they live do better in school, and as adults, have higher earning potential and annual income than non-travelers. Multicultural learning is also proven to facilitate creativity through complex problem solving and increased awareness – it helps to open students’ minds to other ideas and ways of thinking.
With Project Success, students have traveled to London, Paris, Washington D.C., Boston and more. Each experience incorporates Project Success curriculum, which offers students the opportunity to process, learn from and share the experience, both while traveling and after they return home.
“The trip [to London] helped me broaden my sense of how wide the world is, and how many possibilities there are.”
Viola, PS Student
Equity and Access
As with all Project Success programming, we work diligently to break down barriers to access for students in our Arts programs through:
- Free Programs: The majority of our expeditions are offered free of cost. Those with costs associated offer scholarship opportunities, like our BWCA Adventures and Chicago College Tour.
- Transportation: Providing access to transportation to and from our programming for those who need it, thanks to an incredible force of volunteer drivers.
- Staffing: Project Success facilitators attend expeditions with students, providing PS curriculum throughout the experience and being a welcoming, familiar face for students.
- Individualized Curriculum: Building curriculum that is tailored to each individual student, mindful of their abilities, spoken languages and more.
Expeditions allow students to see a part of the world they have never seen before, or see something familiar in a new way, building confidence and opening new doors for their futures.
We do this through:
- Local and national college and career tours
- Global experiences to discover culture, art and language around the world
- Boundary Waters Canoe Area adventures
- Outdoor adventure days
- and more!
Are you a Project Success student interested in registering for a college tour, BWCA adventure or other program?