Let Me Prove You Wrong (LMPYW) was developed by a team of student leaders from the founding class of Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design (DSISD). As the second class of students enrolled at DSISD, there was a shift in the diversity of the student body. After digging in to the issue further, the group understood that this growing lack of diversity was related to an overall lack of understanding by middle schools about how to pick a high school that supported their needs, wants, and goals as a student. The student innovators developed LMPYW to provide structured mentorship to support middle school students in DPS through the school choice process. The project is focused on addressing the following issues related to school choice:
The Let Me Prove You Wrong team pitched their concept in the May 2017 Design Challenge and were awarded $10,000 to support the rollout and testing of the mentorship model with a group of mentees from Dora Moore Middle School.
Opportunities are often overlooked in middle school, and the high school you attend can have a tremendous impact on your future. Students tend to do better academically and socially while attending high schools that cater to their needs. LMPYW believes that deserve a high school that caters to their needs and supports them in chasing their dreams. Furthermore, students should be able to attend their dream high school without their financial status getting in the way.
Through the LMPYW Mentorship Program: