Academic Outreach

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Interested in becoming a FWPMI Academic Outreach Team Member? Please apply for Opportunity ID #29647 in VRMS.


How to Build a Treehouse with the Keller Boys Club

Youth-Leaders.jpg   Members of the FWPMI Academic Outreach Team got the opportunity to volunteer virtually with several youth in the Keller Boys Club for an hour over 3 Saturdays in February, 2021.  The chapter volunteers led the boys through some curriculum that the Academic Outreach Team uses called “Managing Life’s Projects”.  The curriculum was adapted for 14-17 year olds. 


To make learning about project management fun, the boys worked on a theoretical project about building a tree house.  They focused on the following project knowledge areas:  Scope, Requirements, Schedule, Cost, Risk, and Communication/People.  They also shared some of the projects they are working on for school and talked about how they could incorporate some of the project management skills they learned about over the last 3 weeks.  At the end of the sessions, each boy received a PMI certificate for their participation in a Volunteer Group Activity. Congratulations to Pratham Shah, Ibraheem Mujeeb, Taha Mujeeb, Ali Vayani, Aayush Jain, Telha Abdurehman Khan and Danish Khan!

This opportunity was fun for both the boys and the chapter volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer with the Academic Outreach Team, please contact



PMI Fort Worth Chapter goes to the Moon - virtually!

PMI Fort Worth and PMIEF supports students in the 2021 Future City competition

Students all over the country traveled (virtually) to the moon for the 2021 Future City Competition. With the theme of ‘Living on the Moon’ teams of youth in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were challenged to design a lunar city that uses two moon resources to keep citizens safe and healthly.
Each year a team from the PMI Fort Worth Chapter judges and presents the Riskonator Award to the team of students who implements the best risk management plan in the North Texas Regional competition.  VP of External Relations, Kathy Harvel, and PMIEF liaison, Samantha Cowan, judged and awarded the 2021 Riskonator Award to the Crater Falls team from West Ridge Middle School in Austin, Texas.  Samantha, who also participated in general judging said of the experience, “It was a very engaging experience. We enjoyed being able to spend time speaking with the students about their model city. The creativity and imagination of the students is very impressive.”
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Correy Retzloff, a member of the FWPMI Academic Outreach Team participated as a judge for the PMIEF Best Project Plan Award. PMIEF has been working with Future City Competition planners at the national level since 2013 to integrate project management principles into its events. Student teams were assessed on how well they applied project management when designing their futuristic lunar city. The team Luna Pax City from the school STEM Matters won PMIEF’s Best Future City Project Plan.
Cindy Vandersleen and Michele Gagne, both former FWPMI Chapter Presidents, also served as volunteers to judge project plans at the North Texas regional level.  FWPMI has been involved with the North Texas Regional Competition for 10 years or more by sponsoring and judging the Riskonator Special Award and judging project plans.
Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and has received national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle school students to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Future Cities promotes the use of the Project Management Cycle along with the Engineering Design Process and this is where WE WANT YOUR HELP!  There is much opportunity here as a Chapter to leverage our knowledge and expertise to help local schools be successful in the competition and be able to apply these principles in solving real world problems.  FWPMI plans to increase its involvement with the Future City Competition and will be looking for additional opportunities to judge, mentor or train students and teachers in project management. 

Please email Samantha Cowan, FWPMI Chapter PMIEF Liaison,

at and ask her to sign you up!


Academic Outreach Team

This team strives to advance the profession and practice of project management by developing relationships with local academic institutions (middle school, high school, colleges and universities).   They create awareness of PMI Education Foundation and academic standards and work with these institutions to create demand for project management programs, clubs and curricula.

Do you remember being a student? If you could go back and give your young self the project management skills you have today, how would your personal and academic life have been different? Or consider this: How much more could your favorite charity accomplish if it applied project management principles?  And what is the likelihood that project management tools could impact the future of classroom learning and nonprofit success?

It’s not only possible, it’s happening!

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