Introduction to Cultivate ACCESS
Cultivate ACCESS is a holistic mentoring and development program that engages high school youth with undergraduates and industry professionals. Cultivate ACCESS ties in to many of the big problems agriculture faces in feeding a growing world and the importance STEM plays in this challenge.
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[00:00:09.370]What would it take
[00:00:10.203]to meet the needs of a growing population?
[00:00:11.920]Scientists predict a world population
[00:00:13.940]of 10 billion people by 2050.
[00:00:16.930]That's 30 years from now.
[00:00:18.610]So let's talk about that, 10 billion people.
[00:00:21.410]Three meals a day, that's 30 billion meals a day,
[00:00:25.210]every single day.
[00:00:26.700]Meals that are safe, nutritious,
[00:00:29.450]and cater to personal preferences.
[00:00:31.920]What would it take to do that?
[00:00:34.000]And we're not talking about just food.
[00:00:36.090]It's energy, it's water, it's healthcare,
[00:00:39.390]it's material goods,
[00:00:40.410]it's everything that we need to survive.
[00:00:42.990]What would it take to provide all that
[00:00:44.610]for 10 billion people?
[00:00:46.500]And oh, by the way, we need to make sure
[00:00:48.360]that we preserve our environment for future generations.
[00:00:51.500]Have you wondered what it would take
[00:00:52.930]to do all that and do it well?
[00:00:54.930]So this seems like an enormous challenge,
[00:00:57.200]but at Cultivate ACCESS, we see it as an opportunity
[00:00:59.910]for a new generation of creative problem solvers
[00:01:02.700]entering the workforce.
[00:01:04.050]My name is Deepak Keshwani
[00:01:05.400]and I work at the University of Nebraska,
[00:01:07.150]and I've been involved with Cultivate ACCESS for two years.
[00:01:10.040]In Cultivate ACCESS, we believe that it will take
[00:01:12.360]a diverse group of people working together
[00:01:14.810]to find creative solutions to the big challenges
[00:01:17.680]of supporting 10 billion people on our planet.
[00:01:20.600]More specifically, we need you.
[00:01:23.230]Experts predict a 35% gap
[00:01:25.870]between available jobs and qualified people
[00:01:28.850]when today's high school students graduate college,
[00:01:31.740]and that's you!
[00:01:33.640]Now more than ever, we need this workforce
[00:01:35.810]to include a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds.
[00:01:38.940]All the research shows that diversity in organizations
[00:01:41.200]result in more creativity and innovation
[00:01:44.440]and more profitable organizations.
[00:01:46.430]And the challenges that society faces
[00:01:48.290]requires those solutions to be innovative.
[00:01:50.740]At Cultivate ACCESS,
[00:01:51.840]our goal is to empower high school students
[00:01:54.160]through a holistic mentoring and development program
[00:01:56.730]that we hope puts them on a path
[00:01:59.170]to pursue careers that change the world.
[00:02:01.510]Here's what high school scholars
[00:02:02.690]will experience in the program.
[00:02:04.120]We will connect you with industry professionals
[00:02:06.390]to learn about their career journeys.
[00:02:08.830]College student ambassadors
[00:02:10.330]will come alongside you and help you explore
[00:02:12.400]what opportunities might look like after high school
[00:02:14.760]as you move towards your future career.
[00:02:16.690]And finally, we provide an opportunity for you to explore
[00:02:19.700]and develop important employability skills
[00:02:22.100]through online discussions and self-reflection.
[00:02:24.540]To our mentors involved with the program,
[00:02:26.240]thank you for sharing your time, talent,
[00:02:28.220]and experience with us.
[00:02:29.530]You're out there right now
[00:02:30.450]making a difference in people's lives
[00:02:32.030]through your respective careers.
[00:02:33.810]I encourage you
[00:02:34.643]to share your career stories with our scholars
[00:02:37.000]and engage in meaningful interactions with them
[00:02:39.310]as they explore different career pathways
[00:02:41.570]and work on developing their employability skills.
[00:02:44.030]We hope you all develop meaningful
[00:02:45.800]and lasting relationships with each other.
[00:02:47.720]We're so excited for you to join Cultivate ACCESS
[00:02:50.040]and look forward to getting to know you,
[00:02:51.900]and we're looking forward to a great year ahead.
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