We all know what to means to be sent to office, right? It usually means you messed up. Bad behavior or bad school work, it is almost always a compliance or deficiency issue. But what if being sent to the office meant that you were going to get to work on your dreams? How might that change attitudes when it comes to school, and school work?
With 20% of U.S high school kids dropping out, and student to school counselor ratios at 400 to 1, we at One Million Dreams feel it’s time to change the culture of compliance to a purpose driven educational culture.
We are learning that students who know why they are there (in school), what they, themselves want to achieve - a higher purpose, life goals, dreams, and have road map and mentoring for achieving those dreams - outperform peers without access such a toolkit. The data shows high school students enrolled in mentoring programs have graduation rates of 97%, as compared with the 80% average graduation rate.
What’s even more exciting is to witness the spike in motivation among students who begin working in their dreams and the progress they make, not only towards their dreams (on the app or in the workbook), but the impact it has on their performance and motivation every where else.
The same factors that drive employee engagement in the workplace, also drives engagement in schools. Intrinsic motivation, not just carrots and sticks, is what we are talking about. Mastery (or efficacy), autonomy, and purpose are the key intrinsic motivators and the 1MDreams App and One Million Dreams mentor programs helps them achieve just that.
Partnering with our area school districts and colleges with One Million Dreams pilot programs is helping us develop proprietary platforms for each organization, customized to fit their culture and envisioned outcomes. While our team sets to disrupt status quo, collaboration allows for a fluid transformation and for us to make a huge social impact together – building a world of dreamers and doers.