Up to 4 students will travel to DC to tour the National Museum of African American History & Culture, meet inspiring role models and visit other sites.

Up to 4 students will travel to DC to tour the National Museum of African American History & Culture, meet inspiring role models and visit other sites.

 
Photo by kali9/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by kali9/iStock / Getty Images

The Basics of PPIF

Proud Past - Inspired Future (PPIF) is a program that provides a platform for African American students (Sophomores and Juniors) attending Webster Groves High School to create expressions that reflect both an appreciation for their history and aspirations for their future.  An “expression” may be an essay, photo exhibit, painting, sculpture, song, short film or other form. 

All entries will be evaluated by a panel representing the Webster Groves community and high school, and up to four participating students will be awarded the grand prize – a weekend trip to Washington D.C.  The students will join Julie Burchett and Dana Miller of WGHS for a weekend that will feature a tour of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, visits to the US Capitol and other points of interest, and experiential learning activities based on student interests.  Cash prizes will be awarded to two runners up ($200) and two second runners up ($100).  Winners will be announced January 2019.

learn more about PPIF

Want to know more about PPIF review content in the Student or FAQs sections of this website.

Basic steps to encourage and support students to participate

For many students, the encouragement, support and confidence of an adult they know and trust will be essential to their decision to participate and to follow through with development of a PPIF submission.  Here are some concrete steps supportive adults can take:

  • Introduce the student to this opportunity by sharing a link to this website.

  • Print, read and review the registration form with the student. Help them see the application is not cumbersome, and offer assistance in completing it.

  • Help the student develop a game plan for creating their entry. A basic process has been outlined and is available under the student section of this site

Who to contact with questions

For any questions, please email An Inspired Future Foundation at ppifwg@outlook.com. .