Difference Making

Our challenges and opportunities are shared and it’s never been easier, or more important to make a difference.

From hundreds of school visits and thousands of conversations with students, parents, preachers, policy-makers and the like — making a difference has emerged as the most important way for us to transform learning experiences for young people and build a better future for all. We look forward to continuing to share these experiences with you through our blog and an upcoming book.

Difference Making

Dating For A Job, Landing A Career

By: Nicolay Lameijer. Graduates are faced with the challenge of knowing where they stand in the job market and employers are receiving thousands of resumes from unqualified candidates. Inspired by dating services, GenDIY student Nicolay Lameijer founded MySlate.

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Hacking Your Traditional High School Experience

By: Dan Cardinali. Don’t feel like you’re stuck with only one path through high school. Take control. Make your own opportunities. Hack your education and your future. But do those things while keeping the big picture in view.

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All About That App, ‘Bout That App, No Trouble

By: John Hardison. A list of must-have apps, that will inevitably change overtime, but reflects the reality that acquiring the necessary skills for careers requires a combination of several tools to fashion a future that is both fulfilling and fruitful.

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GenDIY Profile: Career Path High School

By: Robyn Bagley. Career Path High School's mantra is “Go to High School, Graduate with a Career!” At Career Path High, students receive their diploma and their career and technical certification in their chosen field of study upon graduation.

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Living Your Future Is An Authentic Process

By: Elliot Washor. How a trip to Nashville Big Picture reinforced how powerful GenDIY can be if they have schools that entwine community and family around the student learning experience.

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Imagine Running a Phone Store While You’re Still in High School

By: Nancy Hoffman. Every young person should have the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and competence needed to search for and obtain work that is meaningful. Why learning to work, learning about work, and experiencing a productive workplace should be integral to secondary-level education.

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Free Community College? Choose Wisely

By: Lara K. Couturier. There's also been a wave of attention about the impact and value of community colleges. But note, the budget choices they make, the academic programs they design, the student supports they offer, and the cultures they nurture—can have a dramatic impact on students.