Inner Strength Education Celebrates Successful XPRIZE Connect Youth Internship Pilot

Empowering Philadelphia Students to Innovate Solutions for Global Challenges
PHILADELPHIA - June 14, 2024 - PRLog -- Inner Strength Education (ISE) recently celebrated the successful completion of its STEM innovation internship in partnership with XPRIZE Connect, marking a significant milestone in this pilot where Inner Strength supported youth-driven creativity and educational excellence with mindfulness-based practices and systems thinking perspectives. On May 25th, seven exceptional students from Bodine, Carver, Central, and Freire High Schools presented their final pitches to the XPRIZE Connect team, technology experts, and business leaders. These students were offered a unique opportunity to refine their skills in stakeholder analysis and large-scale problem-solving, with a focus on identifying an area that would represent a breakthrough in Renewable Energy and Water Pollution Management.

"Inner Strength's program with XPRIZE Connect is more than just a program; it's a catalyst for the next generation of thinkers and problem-solvers. Watching these young participants tackle complex global challenges with such dedication and ingenuity reaffirms my belief in the power of youth-driven innovation," said Frantz E. Alphonse, a competition judge and Co-Founder & Sr. Managing Director of Project Black at Ariel Alternatives, LLC, and an Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School.

By integrating mindfulness with creative problem-solving techniques, the students were better equipped to analyze stakeholder perspectives and develop effective solutions. This holistic approach underscores the importance of combining emotional intelligence with critical thinking skills in education. The graduates were recognized with completion certificates, signed by the CEO of XPRIZE, Anousheh Ansari, supporting their capability to contribute to positive change on entrenched issues.

About Inner Strength Education

Inner Strength Education is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Philadelphia, dedicated to equipping high school students with essential skills in mindfulness, emotional intelligence, social-emotional learning, and STEM. Our trauma-informed and youth-focused programs aim to foster resilience, compassion, and academic success among students. Since our inception, we have empowered over 26,000 students in the Greater Philadelphia area through partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia and various community-based organizations.


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