REIMAGINE THE WORLD OF WORK

Read our manifesto

6.png
 

Gone are the days of choosing one career path, one company, one role.  

We believe that in an unpredictable future lies an opportunity for all of us. That's why we are building career exploration, entrepreneurship and educational programs at home and abroad to help young people and adults across the world build careers they'll love.

WHAT DO I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP? 

UGH... I DON'T KNOW


OUR FOUNDER JEFF ON HIS DRIVE TO START YOUR PROJECT X

 

It’s every grandparent and teacher’s favorite question: what do you want to be when you grow up? I had no idea when I was 16 and I am not much better answering it today. I’ve searched. I moved to Belgium to get my masters in Cultures and Development Studies. I moved to Granada, Spain to learn Spanish and teach English. But as soon as I completed each stop, the same questions reemerged: what do I want to do with my life? 

Each time I asked myself, I felt stumped, scared and frustrated. That’s when I finally recognized a pattern…

I wasn’t answering the what, I was making the choice of who I wanted to be in the world.

 
 

With that lesson in tow, I’ve let my personal development lead my career decisions ever since.

Eventually, it led me to Project X.

I’ve been a strategy consultant and advisor to global organizations focused on entrepreneurship and youth development. I’ve built education programs for high school dropouts in Latin America and career discovery programs for youth and adults in Europe and NYC. I’ve helped to launch the MBA in Sustainability program at Bard College and taught the Leadership course. Last year I even worked as an ethics teacher to 195 eight, nine and ten-year-olds.

Of course, finding these opportunities has been harder and messier than my description implies. There have been gaps between roles. Long moments of fear and uncertainty. Whispers in my head about stability vs. fulfillment.

WHY YOUR PROJECT X?

 

Your Project X grows out of my experiences with hundreds of individuals struggling with the question is this the right career opportunity for me? and the equally large community of inspirational friends and colleagues leading by example, with diverse career paths and their own personal definitions of success.

This community has come together to make Your Project X a supportive, inspirational space where we don't have to feel crazy for listening to the little voice in our heads telling us to take the road less traveled. 

After 18 years of experience and on the cusp of beginning a family (baby on the way!) I continue to return to the question that has served me well: Who do I want to be when I grow up?

Your Project X exists to help answer this question for others.

 

meet our social impact arm, social entrepreneur corps

we lead dynamic impact and immersion programs in Latin America.

The mission of Social Entrepreneur Corps is to provide you with the knowledge, skills and support necessary to empower marginalized individuals, families and communities. You gain invaluable leadership and professional development experience through foundational training on social entrepreneurship and community consulting, working on high-impact social innovation projects and experiencing deep cultural immersion in local communities.

You do, you help, you learn, you grow.

Since 2005, over 1,500 participants have joined our diverse programs in Guatemala, Nicaragua,Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic. Social Entrepreneur Corps participants work hand-in-hand with our sister organization Community Empowerment Solutions (CE Solutions), an award-winning global leader in social entrepreneurship recognized by Ashoka, The World Economic Forum, and The Clinton Global Initiative, amongst many others.

OUR LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE FOLLOWING INSTITUTIONS, AMONG OTHERS:

 
  Two time Ashoka Globalizer   Fellow

Two time Ashoka Globalizer Fellow

  Community Partner of the Year

Community Partner of the Year

  Winner - Innovation Award

Winner - Innovation Award

  2012 Social Entrepreneur of the Year

2012 Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  Member - Clinton Global Initiative

Member - Clinton Global Initiative

  Winner - Community Partners Award

Winner - Community Partners Award

 

MEET OUR TEAM

15022449479_7c5a8cfc76_o.jpg

 

Jeff Hittner

Superpower: Adaptive leadership

Jeff is Founder of Your Project X and a partner to global organizations focused on entrepreneurship and youth development. He has built career discovery, leadership and startup programs around the globe.

Jeff founded IBM's Corporate Social Responsibility consulting practice globally. In 2011, he developed the curriculum for the first MBA in Sustainability on the East Coast, at Bard College, where he was the Leadership professor.

Jeff is father to a newborn son and was an elite gymnast for nearly 15 years.

 

Greg Van Kirk

Superpower: Empathy

Greg has been a social entrepreneur for the past 16 years. Greg is an Ashoka Fellow and World Economic Forum “Social Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Greg is cofounder of Career X. He also leads Social Entrepreneur Corps and is a senior leader at Ashoka. Over 1,500 students & professionals have participated in his immersion programs in Guatemala over the past 10 years. He was also recently awarded the Bishop Medal from Miami University which is given to one alumnus every year for his or her work in service of humanity.

Greg is father to a 6 year old son and a teenage daughter.

 
Yulia Denisyuk.jpg

Yulia Denisyuk

Superpower: Courage

Yulia is a passionate storyteller and a believer in constant positive change. She is an avid traveler, travel journalist, and a recovering marketer. Yulia's work has appeared in AFAR, Lonely Planet, and more. She is currently waiting to board a plane to take her to a new, exciting place. Before joining Your Project X, Yulia has spent nearly a decade working for the US Navy and two large US corporations (Kimberly-Clark & Anheuser-Busch) building their HUGGIES and Shock Top brands.

She (almost) has it all figured out.