Project Management

Life Skills Youth Learn Through Project Management


If you’ve created a to-do list and then crossed off each item as “complete,” aced a group project and delivered it on time, or successfully managed your family’s hectic schedule (football, birthday parties, school plays…oh my!), you’ve also utilized key project management skills.

However, many people don’t learn to utilize their PM skill set—or even realize they have one—until their mid- to late-twenties. Imagine if you had learned project management when you were younger. In what ways (big and small) would your life be different? 

At the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we believe in the motto “the sooner the better” when teaching project management to youth. Learning and applying project management early in life is crucial to help youth build key life skills and succeed in whatever their endeavors may be.

Below are just four of the important skills gained through the practice of project management that help prepare youth for the 21st century.

1. Collaboration – The action of working with someone to produce or create something
No matter what your age is, collaboration is critical in every environment. For youth, it’s used in the classroom, on the field, or really in any aspect of day-to-day life. It’s empowering for young people to learn to work well in a …

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