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Mission, Vision,
Theory of Action

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Magnolia Project establishes experiential learning pathways, built on community partnership and a commitment to equity, to prepare middle and high school students to define their meaningful post high school trajectory.

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When students are supported, affirmed, and comprehensively prepared to pursue their Meaningful Next Phase in life, our young people, communities, and local economies will flourish.

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Theory of Action

We create pathways for experiential learning for middle and high school students, fully embedded into the school day. Through exploratory externships, immersive work-based internships, and curiosity filled Learning Journeys, students will begin to define their Meaningful Next Phase, and develop the skills they need to achieve their goals. 

According to the 2019 YouScience Post Graduation Readiness Report, 75% of high school graduates do not feel ready to make meaningful decisions about college or a career.  This is due to a disconnect between what students believe they are capable of, and their awareness about what opportunities exist. At Magnolia Project, we offer relevant Career Technical Education (CTE) centering student leadership and agency. Our students are the dreamers, doers and decision makers in their CTE experience. Through our comprehensive Internship, Externship and Learning Journeys Pathways, Magnolia Project provides students the ability to confidently identify and pursue their post high school goals.

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The Meaningful Next Phase:

The Meaningful Next Phase is a personal, student driven, post high school plan that upholds students’ decision making skills, values and strengths. The Meaningful Next Phase is informed by early exposure to industries and careers that are personally aligned, spark excitement, and build upon their strengths.

At Magnolia Project, the Meaningful Next Phase is not a one size fits all solution, nor is it a specific pathway into which students are tracked. Our approach supports all, including college, career and gap-year bound students. We do not sort or track students based on their future plans, nor do we pre-select experiences for students, or attempt to influence student’s Meaningful Next Phases of life.


Our approach to the Meaningful Next Phase honors

student agency, passion, and big dreams.

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