DISCOVER

MIDDLE SCHOOL

A series of high-energy, in-class workshops to equip middle school students with the skills and confidence needed to succeed in the 21st Century.




FOR CHICAGO SCHOOLS

8 WEEKLY IN-CLASS SESSIONS

RUN AT YOUR SCHOOL

FREE FOR CPS SCHOOLS

LED BY OUR INSTRUCTORS




PREPARING MIDDLE SCHOOLERS FOR SUCCESS

Entrepreneurship education plays a powerful role in youth development as its framework supports key aspects of student success: 21st Century skill-building, social and emotional core competencies, and career exposure. Our work, in partnership with incredible schools like yours, is proven to equip students with the skills and mindset they need to succeed in the future.




ENTREPRENEURS ARE DREAMERS DOERS GAME-CHANGERS INNOVATORS CREATORS DISRUPTORS PEOPLE LIKE US PEOPLE LIKE YOU

EMPOWERING SCHOOLS & STUDENTS

Discover amplifies the work schools are already doing to create well-rounded students. With minimal resources and commitment, Discover seamlessly integrates into the grade(s) of your choosing, and empowers students with vital 21st Century skills.

  • Age Appropriate Curriculum
    6th, 7th, and 8th graders participate in grade-specific workshops

  • Entrepreneur Led
    Diverse entrepreneurs from Chicago serve as our instructors

  • STEM Integration
    Program lessons incorporate and encourage STEM development

  • Turnkey Implementation
    Easy implementation with minimal staff time and resources required

  • Off-Site Field Trip
    Students immersed into entrepreneurship ecosystem with field trip (The Challenge)

  • Experiential Learning
    Lessons include fun project-based learning and lively group discussions

  • Career Exposure
    Introduces students to new career paths and opportunities

  • 21st Century Skill Development
    Students walk away with skills to succeed in jobs of the future

DRIVEN BY EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Like any good entrepreneur, we believe the best way to learn is to do. Discover is a hands-on experiential learning program where students will drive their own learning — collaborating, problem solving, and seeking feedback. Engaged students are selected for an off-site field trip where they can connect with other aspiring young entrepreneurs across Chicago.

DRIVEN BY EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Like any good entrepreneur, we believe the best way to learn is to do. Discover is a hands-on experiential learning program where students will drive their own learning — collaborating, problem solving, and seeking feedback. Engaged students are selected for an off-site field trip where they can connect with other aspiring young entrepreneurs across Chicago.

  • Off-Site Field Trip
    Students immersed into entrepreneurship ecosystem with field trip (The Challenge)

  • Experiential Learning
    Lessons include fun project-based learning and lively group discussions

  • Career Exposure
    Introduces students to new career paths and opportunities

  • 21st Century Skill Development
    Students walk away with skills to succeed in jobs of the future

Serving Youth Across Chicago

Future Founders works with schools all across Chicagoland. We see our work through the lens of equity and we focus on school communities and students who don’t have access to the same opportunities, resources, and support. We work with both public and charter schools but prioritize schools in historically underserved and disinvested communities. For schools that fall outside of these parameters, we also offer paid programming options.

See the Impact

How can I bring this program to my school?

We love to hear from interested school partners! Please fill out the Discover Inquiry Form and someone from our team will follow up to learn more and discuss if it could be a fit.

What does Future Founders need from a school partner?

The basic requirements are: Approval from the administration, committed and engaged teacher(s), and a commitment of at least two classes per session with a dedicated room. Partnership assessment would also include at least one on-site meeting with an administrative lead and a teacher.

What schools does Future Founders partner with?

We see our work through the lens of equity and we focus our work on school communities and students who don’t have access to the same opportunities, resources, and supports. We work with both public and charter schools but prioritize schools in historically underserved and disinvested communities. For schools that fall outside of these parameters, we also offer paid programming options.

When do the programs run?

We run three program cycles per year — fall, winter, and spring. Middle School programs run for 8 weeks and High School programs run for 12 weeks. If you’re interested in partnering but missed the current cycle, please don’t hesitate to reach out and inquire about upcoming program cycles.


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