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Guaranteed Employment

FOR Pell Grant recipients. TO increase graduation rate and provide financial sustainability. BY making available guaranteed placements.

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Who is the target audience for your idea and how does it reimagine the cost of college?

Student Community/Lower-income students/ Pell Grant recipients University Local businesses/DUMBOs/Incubators Corporations

The following are the key features of the prototype:    

  • Pell grant recipients are automatically eligible for taking part in this program provided they have good grades

  • University/local businesses enable on and off-campus employment

  • Incubators also ensure the same plus can take part in this program to provide employment once the student has graduated

  • The corporations participating in the program guarantee employment once the student has graduated

  • The student is required to maintain a high GPA (3.0/3.5) and the quality of their education

  • Basic vocational training will be provided to the student over the summer or certification courses if the student so desires; a mandatory 40 hours needs to be completed in order to maintain eligibility for employment

  • Corporations have option to tailor curriculum in terms of the electives the students need to take to be eligible

  • A higher GPA equals first preference over corporations

UPDATE 1: Thursday, Novemeber 19, 2015

We have added a video to better describe how we plan on implementing this idea. Please take a look and leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments. 

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We planned on pitching this idea to the corporations and incubators who have their offices in Brooklyn. This is to see if we can generate the required buzz for the program to succeed. As students of NYU, we could speak to the university to consider this proposal for a group of 3-5 students initially so as to test the viability of the idea, as well. Also, we could request the local businesses around the campus to consider this proposal so as to enable the students with part-time employment.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Any related data or information regarding the grants system or the needs and requirements of students in grants program other than the Pell grant. Any other information relating to the key players of the program is also welcome.

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm
  • A student collaboration

Evaluation results

10 evaluations so far

1. Does this idea make college more accessible, especially for low income students in the U.S.?

Yes! - 30%

To a degree - 40%

Not that I can tell - 30%

2. Does this idea think beyond current cost structures of college and activate new sectors or partners?

Yes! - 30%

It's attempting to - 50%

Not that I can tell - 20%

3. How excited are you about this idea?

I'm so excited I just can't hide it! - 22.2%

I'm pretty neutral in my excitement level - 22.2%

I don't feel very excited about this idea. - 55.6%


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