Cycle 4 Project Grantee Kai Stoudemire-Williams is gearing up for Curiouser, a seven week program she designed for middle school and high school students that kicks off in June and lasts through August. We were feeling a little curious ourselves, so we sat down with Kai to learn more.
Tell us: what is Curiouser?
Curiouser is a seven week career exploration program designed to expose young people ages 12-17 to career opportunities in the following areas: Leadership, Art, STEM and Entrepreneurship.
We ignite career curiosity in students so they can choose a future with intention. We provide a gateway to unexplored opportunities.
What made you want to start a program like Curiouser?
My impetus behind starting Curiouser was offering opportunities to others that would've benefited me. I also had the desire to enhance the quality of life for others.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
My biggest challenge has been the logistics around so many moving pieces. My team and People's Liberty have been a great support system.
What do you hope students take away from this?
I hope students are inspired to go after their dreams and goals no matter what their current circumstance looks like or how far-fetched their dreams seem. If we can put a man on the moon ANYTHING is POSSIBLE!
Has anything changed drastically in planning and executing from the beginning of your project to where you are now?
Somewhat. Originally I planned to host sessions in different neighborhoods in order to meet the students where they are. Logistically, it worked best to have one central hub, which is at People's Liberty.
Did you have any particular career interests in middle school or high school?
I knew I wanted to educate young people at a young age, but I wish more programming existed then like it does now.
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