our mission


According to a poll that surveyed 22,000 high school students in 2015, these were the three words students most commonly used to describe their school experience. At Project Wayfinder we believe that our current education environments are failing our next generation. Rather than inspiring passion, curiosity and confidence in our youth, we are imposing a seemingly endless number of hoops for them to jump through.

But high school does not have to be this way. It has the possibility to be a transformative and profound experience for young people as they emerge into adulthood. To have such an experience, students need to feel a sense of meaningfulness and understand why they are doing what they are doing. Project Wayfinder’s mission is to inspire our next generation to become intentional meaning-makers engaged in their own lives and empowered to contribute to the world around them.

Founded at Stanford University’s d.school, Project Wayfinder has designed a 15-piece toolkit to equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become purposeful navigators. Our toolkit is inspired by cutting-edge purpose research, wisdom and practices from native wayfinding traditions and our own personal experiences. We are currently piloting our toolkit with 24 partner schools across the US, Mexico, China and Australia and were recently featured in KQED's Mindshift.

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