A quick update from Project Inspire
Firstly, we want to send our thoughts and prayers to all of those impacted by the Coronavirus in any way. We are living in unprecedented times and understand this can be a challenging time for many.
We also wanted to let you know that we’re continuing to serve our Project Inspire scholarship recipients in major ways! We’ve been doing quarterly video calls with our scholarship recipients who are currently enrolled in college that are also open to our alumni along with end-of-semester surveys and end-of-semester group coaching and check-ins. Our recipients currently enrolled in college also had the opportunity to have their resumes reviewed by one of our board members to make their transition from college an easier one. Our students also received letters and videos of motivation at different periods of this fiscal year with encouragement from scholarship alumni who have graduated or Project Inspire Board Members.
Our scholarship recipients have said of our support during their last end-of-semester survey that:
“Project Inspire has helped me a lot with time management inclusive of scheduling, as well as budgeting, not just for the present but for the future. The calls this semester were rather thought-provoking but I have definitely made some actions to getting my financial and professional life together. Also, I really appreciated the encouraging letters that I received in the mail. There is nothing like getting unexpected help. Thank You!”
“Project Inspire’s Program is my inspiration and motivator. There were many times during this semester when I had doubts but the workshops and words of encouragement helped me overcome those doubts.”
“Project Inspire has served as a motivation to do better in school. After every video call, I seem to be able to encourage myself to work harder and accomplish more in school.”
“The [Project Inspire] workshops have taught me to ask for what I deserve, be prepared for the unexpected, and to plan accordingly financially.”
“The workshop “How to practice Self-Care and manage your mental health in college and beyond” made me aware that mental health comes before anything else. If I am not fit mentally, I won’t be able to focus and prioritize. During this semester, I had many things going on and mentally, I was not focused. Instead of focusing in class, I was worried about other things. After this workshop, I took a couple of days off and collected my thoughts. I came back refreshed and mentally prepared.”
Here are a list of professional development workshops our scholarship recipients have been attending this fiscal year. These professional development workshop were facilitated by our amazing board members who are leaders and changemakers in corporate America as well as within nonprofits, having led in organizations including PepsiCo, AT&T, PBS, Morgan Stanley, and Higher Achievement:
- October 22, 2019: Dollars and Sense – How to manage your finances now and after college to be successful
- November 5, 2019: How to define your career vision and advocate for the pay and promotion you deserve through self-advocacy
- January 14, 2020: How to attack challenging courses in challenging times
- March 12, 2020: How to find work that fulfills you and helps you make a living at the same time — Nonprofit Jobs 101
- April 21, 2020: Entrepreneurship 101: How and when to transition from full-time work to full-time entrepreneurship and how to turn your passion into entrepreneurship
We hope you enjoyed this update and are staying safe!
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