More than 20 Nike leaders hosted students and educators from 10 Portland, Parkrose, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Salem-Keizer high schools at the Nike World Headquarters for a one-day workshop dubbed “Future You,” which is designed to inspire students and high school educators to look at their futures.

The two-part program is aimed at fueling innovation and future-thinking in education. The first part is a process that school teams go through to find their authentic voice and vision to serve their specific students. The second is an implementation strategy to bring staff, students, parents and the community together to make schools more student-centered and better engage kids in their own future.

“Schools are the key to kids’ futures; that’s why we’re creating resources to help them — so students can find a unique view of who they are and what they can be,” said Ken Black, Nike VP of digital design transformation (pictured above), who has been instrumental in creating the Future You program. “The cool thing is, it’s also relevant to a teacher or families or communities that want to find and own their own vision. The brilliance of every kid has a home somewhere. We want to help prepare them for whatever that will be.”

While 10 Oregon high schools are piloting Future You, the goal is to make the framework and toolkit available to other schools next year, so institutions across the country can engage with it.

The 10 pilot schools include Beaverton, Southridge and Sunset from Beaverton School District; Century and Liberty from Hillsboro School District; Parkrose from the Parkrose School District; Lincoln, Madison and Roosevelt from Portland Public Schools; and McNary from Salem-Keizer School District.

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