From a Pos participant
From a Pos participant
The Possible Project, “Pos” as we’ve come to call it, is a program designed for Cambridge teens wanting to peek into or dive into the world of business. The program prepares the youth participants through extensive hands-on training, through presentations, guest speakers, lectures, and group and individual activities and projects. As a participant of the pilot program, I received the knowledge necessary to develop a business plan and became motivated to start my own business venture.
Looking back at my first day of the program, I was one who only wanted to peek into the world of business. I had other goals and had no intention of being an entrepreneur later on in life. Although the goal was for the participants to use their acquired knowledge and ultimately start their own businesses, I didn’t have any idea of what I wanted to do. I thought it was kind of impossible because I thought that starting a business meant that you invented something new and useful, or that you needed a lot of money to open up something already known and enticing. Well, with this mindset I didn’t think I was going to develop a business venture. As we dived into the curriculum and the program went on with guest speakers coming in and telling their success stories, I became motivated because I saw that most of them hadn’t invented anything new and hadn’t had a lot of capital to start with. They did what they knew how to do and they loved it. When we began brainstorming ideas for our own businesses, ideas flowed around, both short term and long term. Ultimately, I started to brainstorm possible things I could do with baking, as I loved to bake cookies especially. So there I had it– I would make decorated cookies for different occasions. I am still working on this idea, keeping in mind different terms I’ve learned such as marketing, branding, customer acquisition, and many more, all of which will help me along the way. Ventures from the pilot group vary from youth to youth– From Web design, to eBay, greeting cards, sewing with international fabrics and a few more. I am truly appreciative of a program like this and I thank the founders, Mark and Becky Levin, both of whom are great, successful entrepreneurs. Mark once came in to speak to us, and his advice was: “Do what you love to do, get lots of good advice, and never give up”. We at Pos will keep this advice, for we believe it will take us a long way down the road to success.
Additionally, The Possible Project has also collaborated with the Cambridge Innovation Center working to find internships for the program’s participants so that they can have first-hand experience working for or with a company. I am excited to start my internship here with Prompt Communications. I look forward to writing in different ways and using new software as well as learning about the different technology companies Prompt promotes.