We need to facilitate a new kind of learning in an information age where jobs demand collaboration, communication, and healthy, whole humans who can integrate their head and their heart with their life and work.
PHOENIX (PRWEB) August 03, 2020
Only Human, a community-based organization that exists to make the world a better place by celebrating the things that make people “only human,” has partnered with the Big Idea Project to collectively bring classrooms, companies and local communities together under one vision: to develop our nation’s future generous leaders.
For the month of August, 10 percent of Only Human’s profits will be donated to support the Big Idea Project. The Big Idea Project works toward actively shifting the education paradigm for families, students and educators—moving from standards-centered, centrally controlled education to student-centered, empowered learning. In this new emerging paradigm, the Big Idea Project is modeling a way forward for students to become their best selves by engaging in work that makes their families, future companies and communities better.
“Given the current educational landscape, amid the pandemic, our students are lacking the education they deserve. Their young minds are counting on the adults in their lives to help them achieve academic excellence but as adults are forced to wear multiple hats - parents, professional, teacher, activist, caretaker, etc. - our youth is receiving a half-hearted education, which is never warranted,” said Bree Pear, founder of Only Human. “Kids are feeling isolated, teachers are feeling scared, and parents are overwhelmed, which makes now the perfect time to hit reset and implement change. A change that shifts the education system’s focus to not only academics but to life skills and wisdom that will help students succeed in and out of school.”
The Big Idea Project provides schools and families with an experiential leadership development program that goes beyond building practical academic skills to also meet the needs of the whole person, equipping students with a new way of thinking, learning and behaving that develops confidence, curiosity, empathy, well-being and workforce-ready skills. Working closely with professional and grassroots educators, the Big Idea Project provides training, resources, a community of mentors, and on-going support so that educators can unlock their students’ potential.
“More than ever, schools need to prepare students for life, and although 74 percent of U.S. high school students believe their work should be real-world relevant and purposeful, they still lack the resources to engage in this sort of work after graduating,” said Tricia Halsey, Founder and Executive Director of Big Idea Project. “We need to facilitate a new kind of learning in an information age where jobs demand collaboration, communication and healthy, whole humans who can integrate their head and their heart with their life and work. The COVID pandemic has become the catalyst to bring needed change in schools. We see this time as an opportunity to offer Big Idea Project’s methods to more teachers and parents so that we can all collectively release the untapped potential of a generation. Together we are co-designing solutions that empower students to gain the confidence, experience and wisdom to be their best self and do their best work. This is the foundation for equipping and empowering our children to be future generous leaders.”
Only Human invites the public to help light the way for the nation’s younger generations. In a larger effort to support this month’s cause campaign, the two organizations are hosting a series of events:
- School Supply Drive with ICM on August 2 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. MST located at the Only Human mural in Tempe, Ariz.
- Online School Supply Drive with ICM throughout August: https://onlyhumanco.com/school-supply-drive-2020/
- Nominate an educator who is lighting the way to receive $3,500+ in school supplies (and more) for the upcoming year: https://onlyhumanco.com/giveaway/
- Virtual Thought Leaders in Education Panel on August 13 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. MST. Panelist consists of various thought leaders in education coming together to discuss timely and relevant topics related to education and the upcoming school year. https://onlyhumanco.com/virtual/
- Educator Virtual Meetup on August 16 from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. MST. The meetup is a free and open invite to educators, parents, and guardians of students to chat about their approach to the upcoming school year and to lean on one another for support and ideas! https://onlyhumanco.com/virtual/
In 2020 thus far, Only Human has donated a total of $42,500 to nonprofits alike.
For more information and to learn more, please visit https://onlyhumanco.com/august-2020-big-idea-project/
About Only Human
A female and queer-owned company founded in 2016 by local Phoenician, Bree Pear, with incredible growth alongside now business partner Crissy Saint-Massey, Only Human has evolved quickly as tens of thousands of good humans around the world have rallied behind the movement on social platforms and at Only Human community cause events across the country. The organization gives 10% of its profits to a new charity each month while hosting community cause events, international give back trips, and more. For more information, please visit https://onlyhumanco.com/
About Big Idea Project
Big Idea Project is a student transformation organization that brings high schools, companies, families, and communities together to unleash the potential of students through student-centered learning. Big Idea Project's experiential problem-based model integrates the Generous Leadership® framework to shift student mindset, build leadership and social-emotional skills, increase workforce readiness, and strengthen personal well-being so that students are equipped for life and leadership beyond the classroom. For more information, please visit http://www.bigideaproject.org.