As I mentioned at the end of 2015, Praxis is launching some exciting new things this year.
This is the same 12-month experience – paid work at an amazing company, intensive personal and professional development, hard and soft skills, and liberal arts education – but with a local cluster of business partners and participants. This allows those in a particular region to get all the benefits of the program AND stay close to home and have more time interacting in person with their fellow participants.
Zak Slayback is the director for the Pittsburgh program. I couldn’t think of a better person. A PA native and Ivy League dropout, Zak has done nothing but crush it since he left the confines of the academy to join Praxis nearly two years ago. He’s a great example of exactly the kind of work ethic + bold thinking we look for.
The cool thing about this model is that Zak can really put down some roots and connect with local networks of young people – high schools, colleges, clubs, homeschool groups, etc. – and local businesses over the long term and offer an amazing opportunity for them to get out of the classroom for a year and learn entrepreneurship from successful Pittsburgh entrepreneurs.
It doesn’t stop there. This model can be replicated in cities across the country and the world. It takes a network of young mold-breakers and great companies with the power of the unique Praxis coaching and education process. Stay tuned as we continue to grow.