Est. in 2010, The Midwest College Project is a local nonprofit established to support minority students with college & career planning. We partner with industry professionals and thought leaders to design a robust program for coaching, professional skills, mentoring just to name a few. The name the "Midwest College Project" signifies our desire to cultivate homegrown 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 than other competitive programs which allow more hands-on attention and greater access to many resources. We design our career coaching 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 300+ phenomenal career mentors that often 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 know fully that mentors can supercharge careers. We begin acceptance 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. Many of our volunteer projects allow for a glimpse at various career options. By junior year students have some foundation and skills to build 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. During soph/junior year, 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 areas of interest and are more confident in the chosen career path post-graduation. This is groundbreaking because statistics show that " Students felt less prepared for future careers than they do for college'. -Youth Truth Survey 2018
Once our members are off to college we maintain annual checkpoints by hosting career and networking events to support the building blocks for their personal branding. We offer workshops on personal development, entrepreneurship, interviewing skills, 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, Effective People with the Slight Edge & Grow & Go Theory training as instrumental aspects to Raising A Winner.