Who is the Midwest College Project?
The Midwest College Project is a local nonprofit originally established in 2013, to support minority students with college planning. College planning quickly became a small fraction of the needs that minority students and their families were faced with. We quickly partnered with industry professionals and thought leaders to design a more robust program for coaching, professional skills, mentoring just to name a few. The name the "Midwest College Project" signifies our desire to cultivate home grown talent by fostering alliances with local Midwest Universities to support diversity and inclusion admissions recruitment strategies. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are a lot smaller organization than many competitive programs which allows more hands on attention and greater access to many resources.
Our career coaching is designed to empower professionals by helping them make informed decisions about their trajectory. It's a solution-based approach to career decisions. Our career coaches focus on results, actions and accountability.
Our programming is supported by phenomenal career mentors that often times forge long term relationships with participants. The advice and wisdom of the right mentors has been an amazing asset when establishing a career trajectory. We are fully aware that mentors can supercharge careers.
We begin as early as sophomore year in HS working on public speaking engagements, test taking techniques, volunteer projects, and a host of developmental workshops to build skills in areas such as:
And other soft skills....
Many of our volunteer projects allow for a glimpse at various career options. By junior year students have some foundation and skills to begin building a volunteer or introductory resume to work our summer intern program. For those that don't qualify or are not quite ready, we begin the corporate shadowing program and assign career mentors that will follow them throughout the duration of the program.
It is during junior year, that students begin the college touring, personal statements, essay development and other action plans to prepare for senior year college applications. Students typically shadow 2-3 career paths before graduation which has been extremely beneficial as our data reflects that, 87% of students surveyed they majored in the appropriate field of interest and are more confident in the chosen career path post graduation. This is ground breaking because statistics show that " Students tend to feel less prepared for future careers than they do for college'. -Youth Truth Survey 2018
Once our members are off to college we maintain annual check points by hosting career and networking events to support the building blocks for their personal branding. We offer workshops on pitch statement development, entrepreneurship, interviewing skills, LinkedIn development and many other vital aspects to prepare for life after college.
Fellow alumni, parents, and corporations can take advantage of our coveted "Managing the Millennial Mindset & Grow & Go Theory training as instrumental aspects to Raising A Winner.
Meet Morenike Odulate
Aka Reni entered the MCP program as the youngest cohort member as a freshman in high school. We pursued many career interest, mentoring and shadowing and lots of college exploration to land us at Xavier University, LA.
Our College Attendees or Graduates & Places We Tour
Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton
- Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Public Speaking
Raising A Winner/MCP guest speaking for Beauty & Brains
- MCP Alumni change makers
MCP Holiday Fundraising
- Hundreds gather to support MCP
- Building bonds with young readers.
McKinley Nelson MCP Alumni
- Change Maker
Lt. Governor Juliana StrattonLeadership, Entrepreneurship & Public Speaking
Raising A Winner/MCP guest speaking for Beauty & BrainsMCP Alumni change makers
MCP Holiday FundraisingHundreds gather to support MCP
RAWBuilding bonds with young readers.
McKinley Nelson MCP AlumniChange Maker
Our Community Service Partners
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