Students from Broward College whose proposed project "My College Guide" was one of five to win funding
Five projects that will support South Florida’s community college students as they finish school will receive funding after winning a competition that engages young people in providing solutions to educational challenges.
The award competition marked the culmination of Mobilize.org’s three-day Target 2020 summit, which brought together close to 100 students to discuss the challenges they face in completing school, and helped them work collaboratively to propose solutions.
The summit focused on boosting community college completion rates and increasing civic engagement - Miami’s Millennials are the least civically engaged in the country, a new report finds. And according to Complete College America, only 12 out of every 100 Florida community college students will graduate with a post-secondary credential within four years, which is problematic since it's estimated that by 2020, 63 percent of jobs will require a certification or college degree.
Knight Foundation supported the summit as a way to promote Millennial-led engagement in South Florida and four other communities.
Kicking off the summit award competition on Sunday morning, Knight’s Damian Thorman encouraged students to think about finding innovative ways to solve problems on issues they care most passionately about. Thorman said by doing so, students will become leaders with the ability to shape their communities’ futures. “Ultimately it’s people like you, in this room, who have the skills, the energy and the passion to solve the problems you’re facing. You’re going to be the ones to change this community,” Thorman, Knight’s national program director, said.
The winning projects listed below, which were voted on by the students using interactive keypads, will receive a share of $25,000 and a year of staff and other networking support. The project’s leaders will also participate in a year-long Mobilize.org leadership program.
Projects were judged on four criteria: potential social impact, creativity and innovation, sustainability and the use of new and social media. The five below were selected from a group of 13.