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Vision: We aim to assist 9 -12th grade students in developing the 21st century skills needed to succeed in postsecondary education and beyond. We envision a future in which students, regardless of their socio-economic status, have the necessary skills and information needed to excel in all walks of life.
Problem: In the current educational paradigm, schools mired with budget cuts and increasing class sizes, are unable to provide all the resources students need to succeed in post-secondary education and beyond. High school counselors are having even more difficulty in assisting their students with developing their soft skills. Moreover, only students from privileged families are able to find resources and have opportunities to participate in activities outside of school. So how are students suppose to develop much needed skills and reach their academic goals when they don’t have the resources to?
Solution: While there are websites like Khan Academy, Udemy etc. that aim to help students with classroom education, there is no comprehensive website that students can access to find information on opportunities outside of the classroom. SchoolSpice aims to address this issue. We aim to assist 17 million grade 9-12 students in developing the 21st century skills. There are two primary methods that we will use to accomplish this. First, we will provide high quality crowd sourced video content on soft skills. We will help students learn about skills that are essential to succeed in life but are not emphasized enough in schools such as effective leadership, communication, time management, resume writing etc. Second, we will provide a comprehensive list of competitions students can participate in. Competitions are important because they provide an avenue for students to discover their passions and develop an intrinsic motivation to learn. They also teach students how to use failure as an effective tool for growth.
Impact: Time and time again, we have seen that students do not reach their goals, not because they do not have the ability to do so, but because they don’t have the resources to. SchoolSpice hopes to provide such a platform for students, regardless of their socio- economic status, where they can not only gain information but collaborate with industry experts and peers and hone their skills. This will help them accomplish any goal they set for themselves and ultimately succeed in the real world.