Most of the jobs that today's young people will have in 2030 don't exist yet.

Institute for the Future

Join us for a summer experience designed to empower high school students with the skills to stand out in today's competitive landscape. And strategies for parents to support and guide them in the process.

college and career ready

is your child

for a world with ai?

This experience not only taught me how to network effectively and build a professional online presence, but it opened my eyes to the value of the title ‘Student.’ As a high schooler living in a rapidly advancing technological world, I believe it is essential for my education to stay ahead of the curve. I now realize that everyday activities like attending a club meeting or volunteering at a community event are chances to connect with new people and build my network. The skills I have learned in this course will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to me in my future endeavors, and I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to take it.


The secrets to CONFIDENT and PERSUASIVE public speaking that captivates your audience and positions you for success in interviews, presentations, and beyond.
Essential tips for parents to SUPPORT and EMPOWER their children on this transformative journey, fostering a brighter future together.
Create an IMPRESSIVE portfolio sharing your skills, and experiences - opening doors to networking with colleges and dream careers.
How We Help Young People Stand Out

This course gives students the human skills to be successful in a world powered by AI.

Become College-Ready for the AI Era with a Portfolio and Public Speaking

design your future

This course is designed for students 14+
to strategically design what's next after high school or college.

workshop 1

Self Awareness:
The Key to Personal Growth in the AI Era

Does your child cringe when people ask them “What do you want to do when you grow up?” That question is even harder to answer in an increasingly technology driven world. Students learn how employers are using AI, and how they can prepare. 
Understanding their unique skills and strengths, and how to share them has never been more critical. By recognizing the human traits that help them stay competitive in an AI-world, your child will be prepared to excel in the college and career landscape of the future.


Goal Setting: Designing a Future-Proof Roadmap for Success

The AI era brings both exciting opportunities and unprecedented challenges. In this module, we help students set clear, achievable, and meaningful goals aligned with their skills and strengths. We'll provide practical tools and techniques for effective planning and tracking, fostering resilience and adaptability. This strategic roadmap will ensure your child is ready to thrive, no matter what the future holds.


Show Don't Tell: Building Your Portfolio with LinkedIn

A stand-out portfolio is vital to secure coveted spots in top colleges and dream careers. This module will teach students how to create a professional, eye-catching portfolio with LinkedIn that showcases their skills, experiences, and accomplishments. We'll also explore the power of networking, equipping your child to connect with colleges and future employers in the AI-dominated landscape.


Be Confident: Public Speaking to Captivate Audiences and Unlock Opportunities

Exceptional communication skills are a crucial human advantage in the AI era. This module will empower your child with proven techniques for delivering impactful, confident, and persuasive speeches or presentations. As they master the art of captivating audiences, your child will be prepared for success in interviews, presentations, and professional interactions, positioning them at the forefront of college and career opportunities.

June 28th - August 15th
Live Weekly Sessions
 Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 PM PST or
Saturday 9:00 - 10:00am

July 11 | July 25 | August 8 | August 22
4:00 - 5:30 PM PST


*Students have weekly virtual support to ask questions and get advice.

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Creating a portfolio with LinkedIn early on was invaluable in developing professional experiences. The first thing most people do is look you up on LinkedIn to see who you are and what you care about so a solid online presence is crucial to success in any field. I am very grateful for getting a head start and believe anyone can position themselves for the role they want.

Live Operations manager | scopely

Meet Janice

Hi there! I'm a former high school Principal, and parent of 6 wonderful kids. Let's work together to create a brighter future for our kids and our families.

As a high school principal, mentor, and mom of six in a blended family, I've spent over three decades guiding and supporting young people to reach their full potential. But as a parent myself, I know firsthand how challenging and isolating the parenting journey can be. 

In this virtual parent group experience, we’ll work together to ensure that you are well prepared to support your child as they navigate the next few years. Whether you're struggling with boundaries, communication, or just feeling overwhelmed at how to navigate the college application/selection process, our insights, and strategies can help you be purposeful and confident in your parenting. Let's work together to create a brighter future for you and your child.


Understanding Your Child’s World and This Course


Feel lost about how to support your teen as they consider what’s next? You’re not alone. Our initial session provides an overview of their College Ready for the AI Era experience so that you can follow along, ask intentional questions and understand exactly what they’ll know and exactly how you can support them in deepening their learning.

Supporting Your Child - What Are Your Resources?


Now that your child has completed the course, we’ll discuss your key takeaways (and theirs). We’ll provide additional resources you can access over the next 2-3 years to maximize your support as your child is making key decisions about post high school.

How to Talk About What’s Next Without Alienating Your Child


In this session we’ll discuss the viable options your child has available to them (post high school) and how to discuss them without adding to the feelings of pressure and total overwhelm that our teens often feel. Our focus will be on the 3 key factors to integrate into your talks that are designed to help your teen feel open to all viable options.

I Can’t Be the Only One - Learning From Our Collective Experiences


In our final session we will create an open space for you to bring ALL of the questions that are plaguing you in your role as parent during this phase. Come ready to get support AND to be a resource to the other folks in our Parent Village.

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"I wanted to launch a business and go to college. This course gave me the strategies to take an idea and make it real. Learning about my strengths made me see how I can apply them, and the templates and exercises in the course let me complete it all in under 4 weeks."

high school senior | isabelle denton
 Poudre schools

I'm dr. sabba quidwai

When I graduated in 2007 I thought school had prepared me. I was wrong.

I graduated during the 2007 recession. Many people, like me lost their jobs, and struggled to find new opportunities. It was scary and confusing. I went to school. I got good grades. I went to college and got my Bachelors and Masters!

So why was I struggling in my career? 

In 2012 I read Linchpin by Seth Godin and it changed how I approached my career. I started sharing my skills, my strengths, and interests with others using a portfolio, which helped me build a professional network.

That's right. I graduated during another world crisis. When the world shut down in 2020 and everything moved online, this time I wasn't just prepared, I was leading a new vision for what was possible. I was turning my research into results and building my own company.

In 2007 I did not know how to set goals that aligned with the future of work. I did not know how to showcase my work online and build relationships with people that could create opportunities. In 2020 I did.

So I quit Apple and launched Designing Schools to teach every young person how to be strategic about deciding what's next. I love working with public schools but they are very slow to change, and today's children cannot wait otherwise they will be left behind. 

When I graduated in 2020 I was prepared for a changing world of work. School hadn't changed. But I had.

A portfolio and speaking confidence took me from facing layoffs to being recruited by the University of Southern California and being recruited by Apple as an Education Leadership Executive. And ultimately starting my own business.

Designing your future should not happen by accident. 

We Have a Problem!


Today's young people face increasing stress and anxiety about deciding what's next. 


Schools struggle to keep up with a rapidly changing world, leaving students unprepared with the skills to navigate technology like AI.


Today's young people won't all work in offices. Many are anxious about networking and navigating their career in hybrid, and remote environments.


Students need soft skills and strategies to identify and build relationships with mentors who can guide their career pathway.

In a fast-paced, technology-driven world, a college essay is no longer enough. In addition to test scores colleges and universities want to see portfolios with skills and experiences.


Student In-Person Workshops
Parent Virtual Workshops

*Volume pricing available for schools and extra-curriculuar programs.
Contact us to learn more.

Every child should have an opportuntiy to


Student Virtual Workshops
Parent Virtual Workshops


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June 28th - August 15th
Live Weekly Sessions
 Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00 PM PST or Saturday 9:00 - 10:00am

July 11 | July 25 | August 8 | August 22
4:00 - 5:30 PM PST