the future project how two young social entrepreneurs are trying to close the inspiration gap in schools
Founder, CEO Andrew Mangino and President Kaya barakrishna are in the office in SoHo, Manhattan.
When Andrew Mangino talked about start-up companies, he
He created a website composed of bold names such as spiritual master Deepak Chopra to Special Olympics president Tim Schrever, who did not describe any complex technology or applications.
He speaks at the same excited pace as a Silicon Valley innovator, but his idea is lowTechnology because it gets.
When he was asked how it all started, he inevitably mentioned three things: internships, the ability to dream, and the Bengali --
American high school students.
It was in the fall of 2009, just a few months after he graduated from Yale with a political degree, Mangino became a speech writer at Vice President Joe Biden\'s office through an internship.
The organizers paired him with Saeed salkour, a junior at woodderwilson High School in Washington. C.
He needs help applying to the university.
One day, when the two talked in the school corridor, Mangino asked the teenager a simple question, which he often asked himself during his growth.
It was a problem that he thought pushed him into the top of the high school class, through the Ivy League and into the corridor of the capital.
\"I said to him, \'What is your passion?
What makes you excited?
Mangino, 28, recently recalled.
\"He said he had never been asked this question before.
When they spoke at a series of meetings at school and Starbucks, Mangino realized that the project had stirred Sarkur\'s curiosity.
The teenager\'s dream is to go to Bangladesh, where he was born, and rebuild his community, which was badly damaged by the tsunami and floods.
Sarkur \"was able to imagine his future and what his education would bring to him,\" Mangino said . \".
\"He was on fire.
\"The conversation with Sarkur will also be crucial for Mangino from very different backgrounds. A top-
He is an excellent student and editor at Yale University. in-
The chief of the school newspaper and will soon hold the admission notice for the Marshall Scholarship at Oxford and Yale Law School.
Like many fresh graduates, he is sorting out how to find his place and do a good job in the chaotic world outside the neatly trimmed courtyard on campus.
Today, Sarkur is studying engineering at his dream University of Maryland.
Mangino is still trying to ignite the minds and hearts of young people ---
It was not until now that he did it on a larger scale.
* Four years ago, Mangino created future projects with the aim of changing students and schools by going beyond the familiar measure of success.
Instead of focusing only on school performance, graduation rates, college entrance and job placement, Mangino wanted to find the root cause of what he thought was the problem.
Students don\'t have enough motivation and they lack confidence in their future, he said.
Typical metrics don\'t matter, says Mangino.
But he firmly believes that there is much more success than results and exam results.
This is what he developed as he walked up the woodroo Wilson High School corridor. to-
In the face of a young man who can\'t reach his full potential by numbers alone.
Future programs to get mentors into school-
Usually people in their 20 s and 30 s-
Let the students talk and think about how to realize their dreams, large and small, short-livedterm and long-term.
The mentor of the project called himself a \"director of Dreams\", a title designed to show that the ambition of future projects began with school buildings, but would not end with that.
Dream Director full of work-
Time at school, but hired, trained and paid for by future programs, which are almost entirely recruited from local communities.
In design, most of the dream directors are not certified as teachers, although their salaries and benefits are within the same scope.
They are poets, musicians, scientists and engineers.
Their work is funded by millions of dollars raised by future projects from investment companies, foundations and individual donors.
Since the launch of Washington, D. C. C.
In 2011, the group carried out activities in seven cities in the United States, including Philadelphia, San Francisco and the nearest Detroit.
It now has 70 employees in more than 40 public schools.
There are 50 dream directors in the country.
A few have titles such as \"chief dream director\" or \"sports director\" and are responsible for multi-school initiatives across the city.
Mangino knows that he and his growing team of dream directors are facing serious challenges.
No matter how you want to measure it, there are many shortcomings in the American school system.
Over the past decade, high school graduation rates and college enrollment have risen steadily, but 20% of American high school students have not graduated in four years.
In statistics, poor, black and Hispanic students performed the worst.
At least part of the reason is that the standard course does not help the children.
In a 2006 report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 88% of the drop-out students said they were qualified at school, but almost half said they left because they were bored with their lessons.
These are all problems getting Mangino up in the morning.
Many young people may know what they want to do in life, but don\'t believe they can do it, he said.
Mangino and the dream director wanted to change this one student at a time.
During TrueHaven, students from eight schools gathered to promote and seminar for their future projects.
Bryce godson is such a student.
He\'s not the typical 18. year-old.
In addition to his junior high school at Riverside High School in New Haven, he works 40 hours a week on the assembly line at the Schick razor factory 10 miles south of the city, a 1-1 fatheryear-old daughter.
On a Saturday morning, godson spent his rare day at the Hill Area Vocational High School, a noisy job --and-
Future projects are organized by local leaders for the game Festival.
Godson gathered at a buffet of about 70 teenagers at schools in the southern state of Connecticut, watching small groups holding microphones showing their goals for the year.
On April, a group organized a city-wide poetry show \"The Word \".
Another group of people talked about \"taking over\" the art and volunteer festival to be held in May \".
The audience cheered every announcement and the speech was broken by the hip episodehop dance-
Including Harlem Shake.
Similar events have occurred or are being planned in other cities, such as last year\'s DreamCon--
The one-day meeting was held in Manhattan, with 500 future program students and dream directors from all over the country attending leading group meetings and pitching their ideas to onlookers in Times Square.
There are two purposes for these activities.
A two-pronged approach: let teenagers know about their collective work and abilities and let them know what they think.
Later, in a classroom upstairs, godson described his goal: to set up a weekly support group for his teenage father at school.
While in TrueHaven, future project team member Bryce godson was in one of his 1-year-
The old daughter is part of a support group advertising campaign he created for his teenage father.
\"I call it father\'
Godson said his daughter, ja\'loni, stayed with him on weekends in an apartment he shared with his mother and two sisters.
\"I want to help people figure out how to take care of their children and how to figure out and balance everything you have to do as a father.
If it weren\'t for future projects and a dream director named George Black, he wouldn\'t have thought so, says godson. Black, a 28-year-old part-
Less than two years ago, the time church youth minister recruited Goldson to join his dream team.
13 students at the heart of the high school program hold two meetings every week after school in a brightly colored conference room, filled with inspirational quotes and posters of role models such as Muhammad Ali and Dr. Seuss.
Every school, every dreamer. -
Or the people of the future, they are also called--
One or more future projects must be considered in this year.
They take small steps every week (“actions”)
Achieve these goals.
There are all kinds of projects by the River: A three boys are forming a Japanese animation club while two girls are creating a club to talk about the female selfesteem.
Another pair of students plan to hold a banquet for the homeless.
These behaviors are also different, and many students use their technical skills and love for social media.
On Saturday, Goldson created a label to promote his support team.
He posted a photo of jaloni on Instagram.
A student who wants to customize T-
The shirt created a design on the iPhone while two budding rappers are talking about raising money on GoFundMe so they can travel. (
Out of curiosity, their account is here. )
Some future projects, and the steps students take to achieve them, may make an outsider feel modest.
However, Mangino and his future project leader insist that it is more important to have the children work towards these goals than it seems. For Goldson --
At the urging of his mother, he moved from an expensive Catholic school to the river in order to save money after learning that he would become a father ---
His own Dream Team is an unofficial version of the support team he wants to create.
\"I can be with people who tell me I\'m a good father.
\"You need to hear that,\" he said . \".
\"They told me that I should talk to others about it and share my story.
While many teenage mothers and fathers ended up dropping out of school, Godson said he had never considered leaving. An A-and-
B student, he has his mother, his sister and his coach-
He has been in his third year as an outside defender in his former school football team. -
Give him the support he needs.
The biggest challenge, he found, was just to be open and proud of the teen\'s father status.
Goldson and his daughter, jaroni.
\"In the two years we worked together, he was a much more vulnerable person.
\"He is more comfortable with his life and struggle,\" Blake said . \" He often finds himself in trouble --on-
Have a meeting with students during recess, lunch and after school.
\"A lot of our students are dealing with a lot of problems at home,\" Blake mentioned, such as poverty, neighborhood violence, or there is no way to go to school at all.
When Goldson started promoting the team at TrueHaven last month, another teenager, Tyler Rogers, was making progress on her own future project.
Rogers, a senior at New Haven College who wants to go to nurse School, has been waiting for three years to join her school\'s dream team, one of the first teams in the country.
One year, extra University
Her credit course after school prevented her from attending the group.
Other times, it\'s her part.
The first time was working in a daycare center and now a colleague from Walgreens.
So this year\'s school year, when her mother told her to stop working on weekdays and focus on school, she immediately decided that the future project would be her new \"job \".
\"Her project involves creating a website where dream directors and students can share photos of their own projects and activities to support each other and gain confidence and pride in their creation.
When she took an iPhone portrait for her friend to launch a photo project for her website, Rogers thought about what it meant to her as part of a future project.
\"I don\'t have much confidence in myself,\" Rogers said . \" She has five siblings, and when she goes to South Connecticut State University, she will do so and become the first girl at home to go to college.
\"I\'m just disappointed in myself.
But when I\'m at work and really do something to empower myself, that\'s what motivates me.
Taylor Rogers, right, took a picture of a dream team member for her future project.
Her goal is to create a website for future project participants from all over the country to share their achievements.
A recent afternoon, sparse opening of projects in the future
Lower Manhattan planning office--
His official title at the nonprofit is CEO. -
He talked about what drove him.
\"During the Great Depression, people often hide money under mattresses.
In this country, we are now facing a dream of the Great Depression. people hide their dreams under mattresses . \"
Blue future project button on his lapels.
He added that the recent Great Recession and its economic consequences have made it harder for young people to believe they can achieve unexpected goals.
\"More importantly, we have to inspire America to believe in ourselves again,\" Mangino said . \".
\"Anything is possible, but the spirit has become dim.
He pointed to the \"wall of Dreamers\" of future projects, a series of dozens of odds photos --
Among them are Steve Jobs, Mohandas Gandhi, Madonna and Jim Henson.
Pictures of the director and the students are interspersed.
The ideas behind future projects, as well as the language that employees use to describe these ideas, may seem unusual or even naive.
But Mangino is with Kanya Balakrishna, the future project chairman. -
They have both romantic and business partners. -
Said they applied very well.
Literature research from the fields of sociology, neuroscience, behavioral and developmental psychology, and social emotional learning. One of the best
The famous researchers they cited were 2013 MacArthur researchers and Angela Duckworth, associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Her study of herself
Control and courage\"-
She is defined as the ability to keep herself.
Long-lasting interestterm goals --
Supporters of certain educational reforms often cite this sentence to emphasize the importance of character development for student success.
Future projects have also given a strong endorsement to the famous Stanford psychologist Carol dwick, whose theory of growth thinking says that \"the brain and talent are just the starting point\", not the end --all-be-all.
Dweck supports the view that dedication, resilience and hard work are the real reasons for success and achievement.
Both Duckworth and Dweck are consultants for future projects.
These ideas are not without critics.
Some social scientists believe that passion and perseverance can only play such a big role in cultivating students\' actual test scores.
Others ask how much one can cost.
The attitude of \"doing\" can really help disadvantaged students get rid of the cycle of systemic poverty.
How much does race, class and other factors affect success?
Statistically, as Matt O\'Brien recently pointed out in the Washington Post, \"poor children who do everything right will not be wrong than doing everything.
Still, there seems to be room for approaches like future projects that emphasize building internal resources for students.
2013 a report from the Ministry of Education states that students are learning to \"go to school\", but not necessarily \"develop life skills to face the challenges they face in the\" real world \".
\"In the New York office of the Future Project, a wall presents inspiring photos of people and provides a map for the organization\'s expansion in 2050.
Becoming a social entrepreneur, or doing any education-related work, has never been a Mangino\'s plan.
He grew up in West Caldwell, New Jersey, and has long dreamed of working in journalism, law, or politics.
Every area is a mature area where he can have an impact on society, he said.
When he was 5 years old, he started publishing a community newsletter.
This is a hobby he has been following in high school and college, where he is an editorin-
Head of Yale Daily News
At Yale, the report pushed Mangino to campus and community.
He reported on racial and de facto apartheid at local schools and reported on the heated civil debate on the implementation of a youth curfew following a series of gang violence.
The problem was not lacking, but what he highlighted was the apparent indifference and lack of determination among his young children.
After graduation, he worked as a speech intern at Vice President Biden\'s office and then worked full-time.
As speaker of Attorney General Eric Holder.
It was during his internship that he met Sarkur, a student who worked hard to tell Mangino about his dreams.
At about this time, Mangino realized that the profession that once attracted him no longer seemed to attract him.
He wants to do something different.
In fact, the tide of his life seems to be pushing him in a direction he didn\'t expect.
As a new student at Yale, Mangino met Balakrishna, the newspaper\'s staff.
The two quickly became friends. in their senior year, friendship became romantic.
Born in South Korea, Balakrishna is primarily an Indian immigrant who grew up in California and Tennessee and has always wanted to work in medicine.
But like Mangino, she began to see other possibilities.
Her experience as the editor-in-chief of the Daily News \"completely changed me,\" she said \".
\"I began to fall in love with something unexpected.
\"Late at night and early in the morning at the Daily News Office, they think about how simple things like storytelling can change their community.
They want to know, is there a way for them to take it outside of campus? Later --
Graduated from college for the first time in Washington, D. C. C. --
They will sit at breakfast and dinner and continue to think about the big issues of meaning and purpose.
As two young people fortunate enough to graduate from one of the best universities in the world and engage in prestigious jobs ---
He was Holder\'s speech writer. She was the writer of the speech at the time.
Burger, FDA Commissioner Peggy--
They are eager to find a way to give back and help others.
Both of them are enthusiastic readers who often share books.
At about that time, Balakrishna gave Mangino a copy of how David boenstein changed the world: the power of social entrepreneurs and new ideas.
He gave her a biography of Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson, a book that records the life of one of the country\'s original entrepreneurs.
They don\'t know yet, but future projects are coming.
Mangino and Balakrishna are surrounded by the eager college graduates of D. C.
They are full of vigor and idealism.
They will gather friends in their apartment by phone and email chain ---
Teachers, journalists, artists, acquaintances in the financial field-
They formed their new organization.
Mangino postponed his admission to Yale Law School.
Planning to start the Marshall Scholarship at Oxford a few months later, he quickly left the Justice Department for six months
Working for a month at Ashoka, a non-profit organization in Arlington, Virginia, provides guidance and resources for social entrepreneurs.
Bill Drayton promoted the word \"social entrepreneur\" in early 1970, the founder and leader of Ashoka, he has 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winners and Kailash Satya, India\'s child rights champion.
At Ashoka, Mangino is part of a major initiative to spread global empathy that involves working with schools in a different way from what future projects are eager to do
\"Six months is short for most people, but Andrew has contributed a lot during that time,\" Drayton said . \".
\"He gave himself education in social startup and became one of our youngest fellows.
\"At Oxford University, while working together on education and social innovation,
Lead his emerging organization. Eager to fast-
Following up on future projects, he left college within three months.
Newark, New Jersey is one of the most promising school districts to embrace future projects.
At Malcolm X Shabaz High School, Principal Gemma Mills (left)
He said that the organization is responsible for a certain extent.
The transformation of failed schools.
\"I told the students that dreams are a lofty goal and sometimes it seems impossible to achieve it,\" said Gemar . \".
\"This is not an easy process.
Like any startup. -
Especially centered on ideas and people, not technology. -
The journey of future projects begins slowly, not without challenges.
\"People tell us that we can\'t get into school,\" said Balakrishna, 27 . \".
\"They said it was hard to work with the principal.
They said that people don\'t listen because we don\'t pay attention to the exam results.
\"However, the organization did make a little progress.
They found the school by cold phone and email.
Mangino has been vaguely aware of some of the leaders of the New Haven school since he was interviewed as a student reporter. (
There are now eight future project schools in Connecticut. )
The group came into contact with other schools, such as the New York Cooperative Research Lab School, because they were good --
Known for their experiments.
Originally, the dream director was part-time. Time volunteers
Many people are friends who have recently graduated from Yale and other universities.
\"They have something very promising on them.
They are enthusiastic but thoughtful, \"said future project consultant Sonal Shah, who met Balakrishna and Mangino early in the project.
\"Sometimes being a social entrepreneur means you\'re busy, but you\'re busy --
Ness does not change itself.
\"What you have to do is be thoughtful and have an intention and purpose behind why you do everything,\" Shah said . \" He is currently the executive director of the Center for Social Impact and innovation at Beeck, Georgetown University, and talks with Balakrishna every few months to discuss challenges and expansion.
\"Kanya will not only ask me how to help the organization do a good job.
She would ask, \"how do we make sure our team is treated well and how do we make sure our team is well developed ? \"?
How can we build a good culture around this?
Recently, momentum has increased.
In February, future projects received $10 million from investment firm McCourt Global.
The organization also received funding from the Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation, the heckhouse Foundation and the Emerson Collective as well as individual donors.
The new dream director will be hired to new cities such as Detroit, where the school system has signed a comprehensive plan
Time Dream Director in 20 high schools.
Since last September, the dream director has been installed in 12 years.
\"There are a lot of people in the school who say that the secret to success is to measure our children more.
But for future projects, they say, \'No, if we can focus our children on what they can do, it will lead to change, his own board members and venture capitalists who donated money for the cause.
\"I\'m basically optimistic about what the kids can do, that\'s all about future projects, but I\'m pessimistic about policies on how to address education,\" he said . \". (
Dintersmith is also the executive producer of a recent documentary about education, \"most likely to succeed,\" shown at the Sundance Film Festival. )
Just four years later, it\'s too early to assess the long-term development of future projects.
Period of validity.
Mangino and Balakrishna acknowledge that it is difficult to establish direct links between future projects-
Or any dream director. -
And the success of the school.
Still, schools in Chicago, Dallas, Baltimore and Los Angeles, as well as the education departments in Austin, Texas and Omaha, quickly joined the effort.
Mangino and Balakrishna say their ultimate goal is to have a dream director at every school in 26,000 public high schools across the country.
Despite the limited data available, future projects are trying to quantify their own impact.
In a recent poll of students from the Newark dream team in New York and New Jersey, 90% said they were \"more excited about studying at school\" since joining \".
Four of the five students said they had \"done what they thought was impossible \".
\"A number of teams in New York and Newark reported a 20% increase in student attendance in 2013.
Since these surveys, the ambition of future projects has grown.
This summer it plans to launch a Future Lab, a research work that Mangino hopes will \"advance new ways of measuring power, passion, goals, perseverance and possibilities for individual students ---
Inspiration, participation and hope of a schoolwide basis.
\"We know very well that it makes us look successful just because the attendance rate goes up, and that\'s not the success we really care about,\" he said . \".
As far as future projects are concerned, perhaps one of the most relevant indicators in the country is the Gallup Student Poll, a national annual survey of hopes, engagement and happiness feelingsbeing among U. S.
Public school students in grades five to twelve.
After a poll of more than 875,000 students, the latest results released in the fall show that 53% of students are hopeful about their future, and 53% feel that they work in school, 64% \"thrive\" when Rich\"being.
Dream Director Frank E.
Brady leads students to a motivational event in New Haven, a parade party for the New Haven dream team, designed to help students prepare for this year\'s program.
Future projects are usually compared to teaching as a non-profit organization in the United States.
Perform college graduates at troubled schools every year and have been working hard to cope with the decline in the number of recruits.
While the dream director is equally young and has often been out of college lately, Mangino and Balakrishna say what they are doing is different.
\"We don\'t think all we do is install the dream director,\" said Balakrishna . \" He noted that the group\'s goal is to transform not only the students, but also the staff and school culture.
\"We think it\'s a movement for young people to lead themselves.
A different place: Future projects include elite magnet schools and low places
Perform the students next to the students at the top of their class.
I hope different students can learn from each other.
In Newark, one of the school districts most passionately accepting future projects, Robert Clark, senior advisor to District Director Cami Anderson, said, he doesn\'t see any harm in trying to guide through the dream director.
Principals and school officials say this is one of several efforts to lead to a once-touted turnaround in Newark.
Malcolm X Shabbat failed High School
\"We have a lot of theories in the field of education, but it\'s not always easy to understand how these theories are applied.
But future projects are concrete ways to apply ideas such as social emotional learning, \"says Clark, who is responsible for studying alternative education in the region.
\"These are usually non-
Technical things that keep young people engaged and feel like they have a say, like schools are a place where they can meet all these needs, rather than just being taught their core subjects.
\"Yes, you need to test it.
\"By looking at it, following up with young people and seeing if the program prevents them from dropping out of school and getting them involved, it\'s doable,\" Clark said . \".
\"Are they better parents and better citizens because of their experiences?
The jury is still undecided.
But the best test is young people.
\"The debate will not confuse Mangino and barakrishna.
\"There are a lot of solutions that we can move back and forth on, but we are all trying to solve the same problem,\" Mangino said . \".
\"We want to make sure that a person graduated from high school in a place with a mindset and skills and lived as extraordinary a life as possible.
\"But what is the extraordinary life like?
Now, many people who are trying to introduce innovative concepts in schools are looking at traditional areas such as university admissions, employment and adult pay to measure their impact.
In future projects, our goal is-
Not so specific.
How do you judge whether such a thing is successful?
\"We say, \'when our students are in the middle of them
In their 20 s, by then, are they using their passion, skills and power to change the world around them?
\"This is a way to look at success,\" said Balakrishna . \".
\"But we don\'t want to define success for anyone.
I have to tell people what right is success for them?
We want people to define success in their own way.
That could mean having a family, owning a store or running a company, she said.
Balakrishna said: \"If people are really, really satisfied, imagine what will be different in the world.