The Generation Success Challenge

We invite you to share your ideas: 

How might we help Boston’s high school students go beyond exposure to local industries to get meaningful learning and skills that they can leverage after graduation – even now during the pandemic?


We believe all young people have the right to pursue their spark and chart their own course.  That’s why at the Boston Opportunity Agenda, we’re asking Boston’s caring adults in schools, after-school programs, businesses, government and neighborhoods to think boldly about how we might help young people prepare for the universe of opportunities in our city and region.  

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When young people know that we are by their side as coaches and friends, they are even more driven to learn and embrace new experiences. And they are more likely to be lifelong learners equipped to achieve their goals, reach financial security and engage in civic life.

Currently, less than half of students who graduate from Boston’s district, charter and Catholic schools are prepared to pursue higher education – despite more than half of all job vacancies in the city requiring at least an Associate’s degree. These readiness gaps are widening as COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact Black, Latinx, Asian and Native American students.  

We’d like to invest a total of $30,000 into collaborative groups consisting of a small business and/or non-profit and school building or district. We will determine the final award amount and number of groups based on the submissions that we receive.


Please submit your idea or inspiration by filling out this quick and easy submission form. And please consider the four points and design criteria as you develop your idea.

The deadline for submission is December 7.

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A few tips to keep in mind:

  • Generation Success reaches and engages with all Boston students wherever they are being education, including: Boston Public Schools, public charter schools and Catholic schools.
  • We’re looking for your best thoughts, but it doesn’t need to be perfect.
  • For nonprofits, we're looking for new and exciting partnerships with industry - or new ideas for collaboration with existing industry partners - in your challenge submission.
  • We believe that meaningful collaboration between in-school and out-of-school partners is required to propel youth forward.
  • There is no length requirement for your challenge submission. If we feel that the ideas are there, we can work through the details along the way.
  • We’re looking for ideas that center equity. We believe that our efforts must reach kids whose communities have been underfunded and under-engaged, specifically Boston neighborhoods that are home to many Black, Latinx, Asian and Native American youth and other families of color and/or communities with limited access to wealth.


Use these design criteria to guide your submission:

  • Industry aligned: Does the experience prepare Boston’s high school students for careers for which there are openings in the city and region? Does it focus on one particular industry or is it a hybrid experience with overlapping industries and activities?
  • Innovative: Is it fresh? Does it spur creativity for our students? Does it provide collaborative or out-of-the-box learning and training opportunities?
  • Relevant: Does it answer the call to reimagine student development during the pandemic?
  • Equitable: Does it make learning more equitable and inclusive for Black and brown communities? Does it take into account remote learning gaps or challenges given the pandemic?


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For more information, listen to the recording (coming soon!) of our info call on November 18 about the Challenge! Please send additional questions to B2oKLNyUU6+1LiUkCYc9Va1mO7gaMB7ndLiz/qGRKdfc5Jxj3uiFf/4fV4X3lc1gtrYnVCq/9AiVPR6WvsWrg+b1TMPDx94EkWxysQFPP9WgdEPspIKfNplMQaM6zDpKPJGAKwgTqfiVkNTBgocm6/VKGiyJ1JYKrqhNIEV8c9NM6WtcmYw52+UTCnnIxYp2RZMNW1Yj+XxuAOF5SDAOj4y8HH+sgPbayiK98NAfI0TlBXkudmfKExw/zWZhoegWf0VJPdY5ksBClWEUxVbDTIGwkato1aCZN0L/CKsN00ata42KDkyKvw7256XoTuSo/rrHlN+Xq5Mam7Fi+aEA7CiFB9VfnD2wI5rdo/NMwRMQPt+hx/n7ooBZEoMQ+q8qor 09L+TvNrgTYdIFsdpDr55vvQBX3v03y4fpUCvuWVWcRfrOZ5cQuVm8Zoi1NkqT7ZMg5WtOXokfUVtjPYg1EENGVCnr6yEu196G7OnhbpNzrvlgkHZFZFqvdKIZ+BCp9jaJnwWZ5PYuxOhCOn+dMT8SVI7i83h8hCuaRBcdXJ/xxUpvah3VhwskIbe/PwI0bdkaYldok9jDCStfwybd9o9qdu7qA7RF41R8ZUy+uwql68wn4L4oadaqTVnwfZan7L9vqi3fSG0gBLzFh5KqGGi8r8sBZbTgfg0J7GWOQitC1z+0dIhmjWKNxggchwU0t8Cgia+hb8yeBGaFLc10BMpq6alBcCZPR/e/dt8PDVMyoSpJH8ck8jkJSnMd8FpLiLP7oP1UMWTCug+7ZDf5Mjng==.  

And don’t forget to fill out our submission form before the December 7 deadline!