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Kalimah Priforce

Founder, Careersters

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Web-based "Career Matchmaking 4 Kids" that helps 12-21 yr. olds get a running start in finding their personal mission & living their dreams.

"I want to be like Ellen DeGeneres when I grow up!"

"I wanna be like Obama!"

"Mommy, aren't Firefighters scared of what they do?"

"Do you have to be rich to be an astronaut?"

In an ideal world, every kid gets a roadmap based on their dreams. But they don’t.

At this moment, millions of children are clicking on websites & watching videos in hopes of understanding what their role is in this rapidly changing economy. When kids "Google" any occupation, they are flooded with overwhelming amounts of information that isn't filtered to meet the needs of their imagination.

There are only a handful of occupations young people are exposed to early in their lives.  As the jobs of yesterday drastically fade away, today's classrooms fail to adequately prepare youth to become leaders of tomorrow's industries. 

Young people, especially those from historically marginalized communities, are not getting access to the variety of occupations available to them primarily because grown-ups often do not realize how invaluable their stories and insights are to them. 

The difference between a kid that makes it & the one that doesn't - has less to do with test scores or their natural talents & more to do with whom & what they are exposed to.

Three years ago I came up with an idea...Careersters.

Careersters sets out to create a pathway for any young person to find their spark and connect with inspiring role models who have made the arduous journey of pursuing their particular dreams seem tangible.  Keeping in mind that adults tend to "talk over" young people, Careersters seeks to engage users much differently in that the content created for our site is built expressly for them.  

Careersters does this by being a video-based social gaming platform that kickstarts the dreams of 12-21 year olds by matchmaking them with the right people and resources so that they can discover and pursue their true calling.

Think TED meets MTV Cribs on a facebook-like platform.

What do you think?

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Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions. I can be reached via my about.me/kapriforce page. I could definitely use more suggestions and I'm always recruiting great people to join our advisory board and technical teams.

-Kalimah

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    Feb 19 2011: Great idea... When I started university I majored in Art History and Philosophy and I can honestly say, I didn't actually realise that I would later actually have to work in that field. I really wasn't thinking that far ahead, which, in hindsight, I wish someone had helped me realise.
    I now regret not having studied languages, communication, media... something like that. It's what I work with now, and I've had to build up my skills and knowledge from scratch instead, setting me back compared to others.

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