The Generation

Alexa Kayman, Lia Fernandez-Grinshpun, Sanjana Moturi, Meghana Nakkanti & Waela Van Nostrand

New York

The Generation is an edtech nonprofit that serves as an opportunity, career and learning platform for students with a mission to combat educational inequity.

Updates from The Generation

June, 2021

Our Story
The Generation was founded on the basis of two ideas:
1. educational equity
2. students and young people have the ability to change the world

Our founder started The Generation's journey in late August of 2020. The original idea for The Generation was to build an online course database taught by Gen Z masters of the subject, a "Masterclass for Teens" if you will. The courses would cover business, AI, medicine amongst a range of complex courses tailored to high school students, ideally giving young people the skills necessary to shorten their learning curve and jump into industries early.

Our founder quickly discovered three issues. First, we did not have a sustainable model to develop the courses to a reasonable quality. Second, sourcing Gen Z'ers who excelled in these industries were either too busy or too rare. Third, and most importantly, this model would never achieve our mission at the time: connecting underserved students to industries they would normally lack access to.

The model eventually adapted to an opportunity platform (mid-September) where we quickly amassed hundreds of early users. Although the demographics of our students broadened, The Generation was still not used by students who needed us the most, our target market: Title 1 and Low-Income students.

The Pivot
Fast forward to May 2021, a $45K software sponsorship and recently Riley's Way Call For Kindness grant, The Generation is now gearing up for a major revamp model with plans to introduce our Career Center.

The Career Center goes beyond the traditional job search platform by including in-depth reflections from relatable professionals under each career. From myth-busting, tips to get ahead of the game, and even diagrams of people's unique journeys, the Career Center will give students deep exposure to careers in a way they would lack unless they had a parent or relative in that industry. The Generation will partner directly with Title 1 schools in NYC and eventually host truly engaging in-person career days. Our job, scholarship, and event features are still on the platform but will be remodeled shortly to better impact our students.

Action Items & OKRs
Facilitate Student-Student Engagement & Learning Opportunities → Boost retention rate as well:
- 45 attendees at the upcoming VC panel
- Host 2 internal networking events, provide networking guides as well
- Host 1 virtual game show for students over Slack

Database of 500+ Opportunities:
- Automate opportunity upload system in order to open postings to students
- Expand student partnerships (especially with CFK organizations)
- Commit to a regular schedule for opportunity blasts

Boost Internal Engagement:
- Publish weekly platform statistics to internal team
- Facilitate quarterly course strategy
- Schedule monthly check-ins
- Organize 3 virtual hangouts