Think Big for Kids

Where will you get your next generation of talent?

Population growth has slowed over the last 20 years in developed countries like the U.S. and lower birth rates will continue. Compare that forecast with Baby Boomers, who make up 32 percent of the current professional workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines the professional workforce as “management, professional and related occupations.” Those 26 million Baby Boomers will retire over the next 20 years. According to the U.S. Census, the working age population through 2030 is almost zero percent growth, which means we are losing as many workers as we are adding for the next 15 years.

What can we do?

Reduce the talent shortage and help low-income kids starting at 12 years old from households under $35,000 annual income by bringing them highly structured education, training and career path development. Businesses that donate time, employee engagement and financial commitments are getting on board now to help! State, federal and local government resources are also being tapped, and we're engaging schools to align programs with existing curriculum and teacher communications.

  • Businesses: Participation is about the opportunities offered by the business and time commitment possible, not simply available financial resources for donation or support.

  • Students and Parents: Parents must be invested in the program and support their kids in betting on the long-term career potential of continuing education.

  • Government: State, federal and local resources will be required. May include tax and other incentives.

  • Schools: Programming must be aligned with a student’s existing school curriculum.

    Employers face a shortage of 16-18 million educated workers
    Population growth slowed over the past 20 years
    Top 30 fastest occupations growth rate are in services

    The Plan

    Grades 6-8

    • Aptitude tests
    • Early engagement
    • Career dialogue
    • School and course alignment
    • Career journey mapping

    Grades 9-12

    • Sponsor mentorship
    • Exposure to college or trade schools
    • Education plan / Course correction
    • Testing and program readiness
    • Training, career fairs, and scholarships

    Post High School / Career Training

    • Sponsor mentorship and internships
    • Sponsor scholarship support
    • Sponsor hiring and in role training
    • Students “pay back” through mentoring other students

    Join Us

    Businesses and corporate sponsors can get involved in both the pilot and long-term development of the program. Provide immediate valuable insight and guidance through completion of the program buildout and committee participation. Or partner long-term to make investments in the kids and the program through both financial and job support.

    • Provide input and feedback on program structure and deliverables
    • Build career path mapping for your industry or profession
    • Volunteer time and resources from your area of expertise
    • Create job opportunities for those you mentor
    • Provide financial support to help fulfill the program and a child's full potential