At a Glance

Doctor? HVAC technician? Software engineer? JFF rethinks how middle school students start to explore college and career options and prepares them to make meaningful decisions about their future.

Capabilities

Strategy

Execution & Scale

Areas of Work
  • Ensuring Equity in Advancement
  • Preparing for the Future of Work
Experts Involved
Status
In progress
Locations
  • CA
  • NM
  • TN
  • MA
  • AZ

Preparing Middle School Students to Make Meaningful Decisions

Students need access to quality information about college and career opportunities to make informed decisions about their future—particularly in the face of accelerated change in the workforce. Possible Futures, a JFF career exploration program for students in grades 6–10,  helps young people develop a future-ready mindset with a skillset to match. 

The program offers an interactive set of curricula, adaptable for in-school, out-of-school, or extended learning settings. Current curricula components include STEMploration, Skills for Success, and Future-Ready Portfolio. Students start to explore different STEM occupations, learning what these jobs are really like and what it takes to get there. They also develop essential skills, such as collaboration and communication, and learn about how to positively contribute to their community.

In addition to instructional modules, Possible Futures provides professional development services to educators, coaching to school systems, and practical supports to school leaders and staff.

Possible Futures Curricula

The Possible Futures program offers curricular modules for middle school teachers to download and use in classrooms and ELT contexts: STEM Career Awareness, Skills for Success, and Lenses on the Future.

STEM Career Awareness

Enables students to explore the roles of young STEM professionals using their knowledge, collaboration, and innovation to complete challenges based on relevant, real-world problems. These modules highlight the sectors of information technology, health sciences, and engineering.

Skills for Success

Prepares youth to gain essential 21st-century skills such as growth mindset, collaboration, and communication abilities, problem solving, and self-regulation.

Lenses on the Future

Equip students to chart a path to future success by identifying personal interests and strengths, researching various colleges and careers, and considering potential ways to contribute to society.

Contact Possible Futures at possiblefutures@jff.org

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