Real Stats for NBA & Pro Sports Aspirations

  • 5.2% chance to make it into Harvard

  • .03% chance of making it into the NBA (

  • Don’t lie to yourself.

  • If you’re not out on the courts practicing footwork drills, conditioning (like push-ups), different shots, scrimmaging, looking up strategies, practicing teamwork, doing all of those, year-round when you’re not doing homework, eating, school, and sleeping, there’s going to be somebody who is TRYING HARDER than you that will have a higher chance of making it into the NBA than you.

  • If you truly wanted to make it into the NBA, you have to be obsessed with Basketball at an early age, and willing to do pretty much whatever it takes, NOT playing Fortnite.

  • If everyone could make it into the NBA, then everyone would be doing it, but not everyone is!!

  • 30 teams x 15 players per team = 450 players total (

  • United States Population = 325,700,000 people, which means 450/325,700,000 people are in the NBA at any point in time, can you confidently say that you will be one of those 450 people?

  • The goal isn’t to say that you can’t try for the NBA, the NFL, or professional sports, the goal is to have both that AND a career after your sports and/or a back-up career if you still want to become successful like we see in celebrities and rich people.

  • STUDIO is dedicated to helping youth find their passions that they can pursue in college and beyond, that still allow youth to become successful people, that includes those trying to get into Harvard, which has a higher percentage of entry than the NBA.

  • Come check us out!

Envisioning Life after High-School

In addition to the curriculum-based content we provide at STUDIO, we also want to provide youth with access to resources that will aid them in achieving their post high-school plans. Here’s some lesser known information about high-school and beyond that might help youth in planning for their futures.

During High School

Using Extracurriculars

High-school is a great opportunity to participate in activities known as extracurriculars that will not only help you grow as a person but also make yourself more marketable for jobs ands colleges once you graduate.

Nearly every four-year school or scholarships you will want to apply to requires that you complete an activity log of the different activities and extracurriculars you have done while in high-school. If you want to apply to a job, even the most entry level position will want to see some kind of demonstration that you are a responsible individual.

When thinking about extracurriculars you want to do while in high-school, quality is better than quality. You don’t have to be involved in multiple clubs in different leadership positions, what matters is that you have a meaningful experience in the club or clubs you are a part of. It’s also important to show that you are a consistent person. It’s much better to have been a part of a one club for three years than been in three different clubs for less a year each. Schools want to see you are a dedicated, committed person.

There are activities that you might not consider relevant to an activity log but in fact are. Sports are an extracurricular worth noting. Participating in a sport shows you can balance school work and the extra work that goes into being a student athlete. Involvement with a church or place of worship is also something you can write about that you might not have considered. If you worked while in high-school, you can talk about this too. All you need to do is show that you are a responsible, hard-working person outside of the classroom. Schools want to see you didn’t spend all your free time partying or playing video-games!

Even though it might not be apparent, extracurriculars are an important part of your high-school experience. If you’re not currently a part of an extracurricular, try and sign up for one! It will not only look good for future job and school prospects but will give you opportunities to grow into a leader.

What is the PSAT?

If you’re currently in high-school, you might have heard of the PSAT. The PSAT is a practice SAT test designed to give you an idea of what kind of score you would get if you took it. (In case you didn’t know, the SAT is a test you normally take before you attend a four-year university, it is part of the admissions process.) While it might not seem important being a practice test, you should take the PSAT seriously and try your best. The reason for this is because the PSAT is a way for you to earn scholarship money!

If you take the PSAT during your junior year and you earn a high enough score on your PSAT (high enough to be in the top 16,000 test-takers) you can become what’s called a national merit semifinalist. When you’re at this status you complete an additional application, which includes documenting your grades so far in high-school. After this part of the application, you can become a national merit finalist and be eligible to receive scholarships up to $2,500! Being a semifinalist or finalist are great awards to list on a resume or college application. Even though it’s just a practice test, the PSAT has the potential to give you real cash for college.

Get a “Running Start” on College

If you’re a current high-school student, you can (as the name implies) get a head start on your college career by enrolling in running start. Running start is a program where you will attend a local community college to take classes that will fulfill high-school graduation requirements and can also be used to fulfill college course requirements.

There are some things to consider however if you’re thinking about doing Running Start though. Your classes in Running Start may be significantly more difficult than your high school classes. You might find yourself dedicating much more time to your studies than previously. You’ll need a focused and determined mindset to succeed in these classes (which you will need for college anyways). It is also important to understand that since these are college classes, they will follow you for your entire college career. Even if you transfer schools, all colleges will want to see transcripts from the schools you attended. So, if having a high GP is important for you, (for example you want to get into a specific competitive undergraduate or graduate program) keep this in mind.

Another difference for Running Start is that while you will not have to pay tuition, you will have to pay for books and other supplies. The cost can usually be mitigated by buying used and other creative means. As a running start student, you will also be responsible for getting yourself to the community college campus. Yu will need to coordinate with family, friends, or yourself via public transit to get to school when you have Running Start.

Overall, Running Start is a great program to get a feel for college level coursework and get a jump start on your future, (ambitious students can even end up with an associate degree out of high-school), but you should reflect thoroughly before deciding to sign up.


If you want to attend a four year university in the state of Washington, before you graduate high school you will needed to complete certain classes. These certain classes are called College Academic Distribution Requirements or CADRs for short. To fulfill your CADRS you’ll need a certain number of classes for certain subject areas. For example, for English you’ll need four credits or years. There are important caveats for certain subject areas however. In English you can only use one year of ELL credit as part of your four-year requirement. That means that if you’re a senior and have done two years of ELL English during freshman and sophomore year, you’ll need to double up on English for the last year.

Also, it’s important to note that CADRs will be different from your high-school graduation requirements. You might need more or less classes in order to graduate high-school.

If you don’t complete your CADRs don’t worry, they’re just for four-year universities. You can still attend community colleges and private universities in the state of Washington. Be aware that universities in other states might have different subject requirements to attend a university there.

You can get a full list of Washington state CADR requirements at

After High School

Two Tuition Free Years of College

If you’re a student at Chief Sealth International high school, you’ll be able to attend two years at South Seattle community college tuition free. Mayor Jenny Durkan recently enacted the Seattle Promise Tuition Program which guarantees two years of paid tuition at a local community college. All students are eligible regardless of income, grades, or citizenship. You’ll be able to study whatever you like at the college, whether it’s a certification or working towards an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

This program only applies to community college at the moment, but if you’re interested in attending a four-year university at some point, you can always spend the first two years of your college career at a community college and then transfer to a university.

An Alternative to College: Apprenticeships

There are many pathways to finding a career and a lot of them do not involve the traditional four-year university track. One potential career pathway is working as an apprentice. Apprenticeships are programs offered by employers, unions, and other independent programs where you can receive training and education to build the skills needed to perform a certain task. Electricians, plumbers, welders, firefighters, and mechanics are all examples of jobs that you can receive an education in through an apprenticeship. Licenses, certifications, and even degrees are the result of apprenticeship programs.

While doing an apprenticeship, you might receive in-classroom teaching, mentorship, and on the job site training. You will have ample opportunities to learn about your trade and how to apply what you learn to their actual real-world context. A college degree might not necessarily prepare you for a job in your career field, but an apprenticeship certainly will!

So how do you get started on an apprenticeship? To pursue an apprenticeship, you’ll usually need a high-school diploma, be 18 years of age or old, after often, you will need to be in good physical condition. From there you will need to find programs that currently looking for people and then complete an application. An application will look at documents like your resume, work experience and even demonstration of knowledge like high-school math classes. Different apprenticeships programs have different requirements to apply and join. is a great resource for apprenticeship programs in Washington state. After you apply and get accepted into a program, from then on, it’s as simple as attending classes and completing a program.

Apprenticeships are a great career path if you’re not interested in a pursing a degree at a four-year college. King County plumbers and pipe fitters can earn around$77/hr!



Engineering Solutions

STUDIO’s Tuesday activities this spring are based around the Engineering Design Process. Through this curriculum, we hope to give youth experience designing solutions to engineering dilemmas, make it clear that engineering is not something that only happens in a classroom but something that can be applied to any problem, and give youth the tools and thought process to tackles problems in their everyday lives. Facilitating this curriculum has given me the opportunity to see how youth interact with engineering.  

An innovative approach to fortifying the marshmallow tower. 

An innovative approach to fortifying the marshmallow tower. 

One thing that strikes me is the unique and novel solutions come with to tackle situations. One task I gave to the STUDIO youth was to build a one-foot tall tower using only marshmallows and toothpicks. Someone who has done this task, or a similar construction project before knows that using triangles is the key to building. During my activity the youth did not immediately recognize but instead approached the problem using a variety of different approaches. One youth placed a large number of marshmallows within the bounds of her tower’s base to help with stability. It was a great example of youth thinking outside the box! I would have never thought of using such an approach.

After this tower activity and a discussion or triangles as a vital support structure, we moved onto our popsicle bridge building activity. Our goal: design a model bridge that is able to support the weight of a person. In this activity we iterated the stages of our design principles. We identified a problem (in this case, I told them they needed to build a replacement bridge for the local West Seattle bridge), designed a solution (using planning sheets and sketches), and then prototyped our solution (the physical popsicle bridges). From the beginning it was clear that many of the youth had great ideas for how they wanted their bridge to look and function but making that idea a reality proved more challenging. It was a fascinating experience to watch how the youth adapted their designs to fit what was technically feasible.  I think this also highlighted an important part of the engineering process, understanding how to work within the constraints of one’s materials and tools and design a solution around those.

Sometimes solutions don't work exactly as planned!

Sometimes solutions don't work exactly as planned!

The next project we’re going to be working on is the design of a water rocket that will be able to reach a high altitude while also being able to safely hold a cargo (an egg). I’m excited and curious to see what kind of solutions the youth will come up with to tackle this problem.

-Alexander Giardino

Y-WE Career Day at Cascadia Community College

On Saturday (4/21) we were able to take some of the women in STUDIO to the Young-Women Empowered (Y-WE) Career Day which was held at the Cascadia Community College campus in Bothell, Washington. Y-WE Career Day is an event primarily for women, girls and female-identified youth ages 13-18.  Our young women got to meet successful women in different industries, as well as learn about their journeys and tips for career success. Some of the workshop topics included: 7 Common Career Myths, Creating Your Personal Brand, Flight Nursing: Airlift, and so much more! 

A little more about Y-WE:

Y-WE provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teen women in the greater Seattle area. We serve a diverse group of girls, ages 13-18, and women mentors, ages 19-70+. The organization is open to young women from all walks of life. Currently, over 70% of the youth are immigrants to the US and 80% of the youth and 50% of the adults are women of color. Our youth and mentors also represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. We offer our programs free of charge, and we invite families to contribute as they are able.  Each year we directly serve over 500 girls and women; and we impact over 1500 community members.


Y-WE STEM day at Microsoft


This past Saturday we were able to take some of the women in STUDIO to the Y-WE STEM Exploration day which was held on the Microsoft campus in Redmond.  Y-WE STEM Exploration Day is an event primarily for women, girls and female-identified youth ages 13-18.  Our young women got to explore various workshops catered toward STEM empowerment.  some of the workshop topics included: Social VR, sexism in comic books, tinkering with circuits, and so much more! 

A little more about Y-WE:

Y-WE provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teen women in the greater Seattle area. We serve a diverse group of girls, ages 13-18, and women mentors, ages 19-70+. The organization is open to young women from all walks of life. Currently, over 70% of the youth are immigrants to the US and 80% of the youth and 50% of the adults are women of color. Our youth and mentors also represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. We offer our programs free of charge, and we invite families to contribute as they are able.  Each year we directly serve over 500 girls and women; and we impact over 1500 community members.


Monday Sports & Why STUDIO?

Come play basketball and other sports with STUDIO on Mondays after-school! The program goes from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, and is designed for middle-school to high-school girls and boys. Our team will work with youth to develop hand-eye coordination, strategy, physical training, and mental attitude to increase success in school, STEM, athletics, and their future careers. Youth simply need to drop by Neighborhood House High Point (Address: 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126 at 4:00 pm! 

For the rest of our programs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, you should also come check us out! Here's why:

  • The time management, projects, concepts, and soft skills learned in STUDIO transfer to resumes for high-school and college internships as well as jobs after high-school.
    • Employers want to find the best-of-the-best in various skills and not just high grades!
  • The most successful people such as Barack Obama, Russell Wilson, Kendrick Lamar, LeBron James, Bill Gates, etc. started early in their career training.
    • STUDIO offers youth around High Point these same opportunities!
  • We offer tutoring, college application, and career advice in every STEM field for all youth, having been through these processes ourselves as middle-school and high-school students.
  • For youth that are still not sure about the future careers they would like to pursue, STUDIO provides opportunities to explore careers they are not normally exposed to in school.
  • Youth will get the opportunity to interact, ask questions about, and build future career skills with experts in STEM fields.

So come check us out!


UW mentors

Through a partnership with the University of Washington, STUDIO brings UW student mentors to work with STUDIO youth during program time. These UW mentors support STUDIO youth in STEM learning.

In a hands-on learning activity, UW mentors might work as assistants for the youth in navigating a project or assignment. For example, during a photography unit, college mentors can serve models for photography or helpful references to adjust camera settings. If it’s a STEM based discussion, UW students can share their experiences and thoughts as STEM students. While youth work on projects or activities, UW mentors ask questions and engage the STEM thought process. UW mentors serve a valuable role in bridging the connection between STEM knowing and doing.

Participating in the STUDIO mentorship program gives UW students the tools to be effective STEM educators in the future. By signing up for the mentorships class, college students are given a valuable opportunity to practice leadership and mentorship skills.

UW students attend a weekly seminar where they learn about challenges surrounding educational equity in the STEM field. They learn about theory and practices to ensure that STUDIO is an inclusive, equitable, and effective learning space. Mentors can then apply this learning to Tuesday and Wednesday visits where they work alongside youth. In addition to mentoring, mentors also have the opportunity to design their own STEM curriculums. Mentors are challenged to create effective and culturally responsive activities that will aid STUDIO youth in learning STEM topics.

Making a Project Your Own - Reflections from Interning at STUDIO

The past couple months working with STUDIO has been an enlightening experience. I’m interning so that I can get experience working as a STEM educator and STUDIO has been an awesome opportunity to do so. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how giving youth directorship of an activity can help foster engagement and enthusiasm.

My Pinewood Derby car - "The Royal"

My Pinewood Derby car - "The Royal"

One of the first things I was involved with was the Pinewood Derby activity.  What was really exciting to see was how the youth took ownership of their designed cars. The kind of shape they carved. The colors they painted it. Decorations like spoilers or fins. A lot of the cars made said something about the youth who designed it. more exciting to see than the unique designs was the youth’s enthusiasm for the project. Youth would come in outside of the scheduled car working time to finish and modify their designs.

The creativity afforded to the youth in designing their car is I think what made this activity so engaging. My experience with STEM in public schools was mainly worksheets and following a lab project exactly as the instructions said. This activity was a nice change of pace from what STEM usually is in a learning setting.  The Pinewood Derby car project was a chance for the youth to be creative in STEM. There was a balancing act of wanting to create a visually striking car while also designing something aerodynamically sound. The resulting car was an artifact that was a reflection the youth who designed it; it was a culmination of their creativity and weeks’ worth of effort. I made my own pinewood derby car as well and I think I had similar feelings of ownership and wanting to express my creativity. I chose a shape I thought looked aesthetically pleasing and I chose colors that are reflective of my identity as a UW student.

A picture I took that I'm somewhat okay with. I'm already thinking about how it could be better!

A picture I took that I'm somewhat okay with. I'm already thinking about how it could be better!

With the current photography unit we’re facilitating, youth are taking ownership of the project in a similar way. We’re letting them be the masters of their own photos. The photographs they’re taking are reflective of the kind of photos they want to take. As a result, I see the youth engaged with this curriculum. They are keener to learn about photography techniques so that they can take photos exactly how they envision them. I’ve even learned a lot about photography myself just by supporting the youth in taking their photos. I’m excited to apply what I’ve learned about exposure and lighting to future photos I take because my current attempts are very amateurish. I'm sure the youth feel similar. 

- Alexander Giardino

One of the things we do here at our program is teach youth how to studio engineer music through a digital software known as Pro Tools.  If you are interested in learning to write poetry, or want to understand how to better write rap lyrics then come by to STUDIO and ask for Chris.  He can teach you how to hone your skills in terms of creative writing and also teach you the basics of Pro Tools so that you can eventually record yourself and even your friends! Here is a video that was made by STUDIO staff with Pro Tools then filmed with STUDIO's camera equipment, and finally edited with Corel VideoStudio.  Can you guess the reference?