The Risk Test

The Risks
  1. Is someone else already working on this problem? If so, how are they doing? – In many cases parents, counselors, and teachers are working on this problem. Sometimes they get discouraged and give up, but I think there are many concerned individuals trying to help the young people who they are responsible for do well in the real world. 
  2. If others have failed in solving this problem, why did they fail? – Others have failed for a variety or reasons. One is discouragement as described above. Another issue is engaging students with a curriculum that is applicable and specific to them. Many career classes and counselors have a couple of general paths that are explained, but each individual must reach their goals through a specific path that this program can help them find, but others are not intensive or specific enough to do. 
  3. Is there anyone who doesn’t want this problem solved and can they stand in my way? – I don’t think so. There might be a few people (a la conspiracy theories) that want to keep young, indigenous people uneducated and unsuccessful. If these groups do exist, I don’t think they would be very convincing to those whose goal it is to help these people (like the youth groups, churches and tribes that we are marketing to). 
  4. Are there any laws or regulations that stand in my way? – Not to my knowledge. Even the strange inter-state online learning blocks shouldn’t be a problem. While we may train teachers across state lines, teachers will train in person in their own local groups.
  5. What will happen if I try to solve the problem and fail? – We’d loose a lot of time and money, but I don’t think the overall problem would be made worse by a failure. There is a great need to solve this problem, and I think if this failed the problem would still be there for another approach to solve. 
Testing the Risks
  1. Is someone else already working on this problem? If so, how are they doing?
    1. As far as we’ve found nobody else is working on a culturally based career program like this one.
  2. If others have failed in solving this problem, why did they fail?
    1. Some groups have worked on career readiness, but we think some of their problems stem from not being culturally accessible. 
  3. Is there anyone who doesn’t want this problem solved and can they stand in my way?
    1. There are other companies that could be used with our partner companies, so they are competition. 
    2. Other than that, we haven’t experienced any people who don’t want the problem solved. 
  4. Are there any laws or regulations that stand in my way?
    1. Laws that would help if people don’t break them
      1. Copy-write issue. – we’re worried that people might illegally make copies because of lack of funds
      2. With the coaching young people for success program that we work with worksheets are expensive, so we need to create licensing plans that people will agree to pay for and not abuse. 
    2. We have difficulties getting photos etc. and are looking into hiring artists and open source images for the books
  5. What will happen if I try to solve the problem and fail?
    1. The youth will continue the way they have been, not being successful in their lives. It’s a pretty big issue that we’re dealing with. 
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