Cherry Hill, N.J. (PRWEB) October 24, 2016
Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and social entrepreneurship challenges, today announced it has received a grant for $47,000 from the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF). Through the grant, Destination Imagination will enhance project management initiatives for more than 150,000 students worldwide.
“Destination Imagination and PMIEF recognize the crucial need to teach project management skills to students so that they will thrive in an emerging and competitive workforce,” said Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination. “To manage successful projects, students need guidance on how to initiate, plan, execute, lead and close a project. With the help of the PMIEF’s support, DI will continue to teach these skills to thousands of students across the globe to prepare them for success in our future workforce.”
A $99,912 grant from PMIEF in 2014 integrated project management into DI’s Roadmap resource, which guides DI teams’ and team managers’ participation in DI challenges. That grant supported DI to develop a crosswalk between its creative process and the project management process groups to help students strengthen their ability to plan, execute and track their work. The current grant will examine how students applied their project management knowledge to DI’s 2015-16 challenges as well as assess their depth and retention of project management knowledge.
“PMIEF understands the importance of engaging youth in hands-on learning activities that spark their creativity,” said Michael DePrisco, PMIEF Chief Operating Officer and PMI Vice President, Global Membership and Chapters. “Our partnership with DI prepares students for 21st century success because it allows them to acquire and apply project management skills as they participate in DI’s innovative challenges. We’re pleased this unique collaboration allows us to touch young people’s lives around the world even as we encourage their ingenuity.”
About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The most popular education offering is the Challenge Program, where student teams solve open-ended STEM, arts and service learning Challenges and present their solutions to trained appraisers. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students. To learn more, please visit http://www.destinationimagination.org/.
About the PMI Educational Foundation
The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization of Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1990, PMIEF develops, implements and delivers innovative programs to leverage project management for social good globally. These include scholarships, awards and grants as well as educational resources that strengthen project management knowledge of teachers, youth and nonprofit organizations. PMIEF’s vision that “all people worldwide have a better tomorrow by applying project management skills in their daily lives” comes to the life through the generosity of individual and corporate donors as well as the PMI community. For additional information, visit http://www.pmief.org.