business, but we find the ideal fits tend
to be 5-100 person companies, places
where the founder is still pretty involved,
and places that are dynamic and growth
focused. We ask them to pay participants
$10 an hour, give them meaningful work,
including at least one project or process
they independently run, and a chance to
shadow the founder or CEO a few times
during the program.
Businesses see it as a great way to get
high-quality young talent through the
door and give them a test run for possible
longer term employment.
TOS: What types of industries are represented? Do you have plans to add more?
PRAxIS: Marketing, manufacturing,
web development, finance and accounting, filmmaking, you name it. It’s a pretty
big spread in terms of industry. What we
care more about is that the work experience is substantive.. We want participants
to see what it’s like to run a business and
what all aspects are like while creating
real value and contributing to the vision.
Yes, we are always adding more business partners.
TOS: What is the cost of tuition? Are
there any scholarships?
PRAxIS: That’s the beauty. The net
cost of the program is $0. Tuition is
$12,000. It’s broken into one up-front
payment of $2,000, then monthly payments of $1,000. But participants are
earning around $1,200 a month at their
business partner, so really the cost of the
program is the cost of living during the
We have some scholarships available as
well, with just an additional step in the
TOS: Upon graduation, what do the
PRAxIS: Praxis graduates receive a portfolio. It’s both in physical printed form, and
a website that they actually build during the
program. It includes each module completed with the assessment from the examining professor, a list and links to their self-guided projects and hard-skills workshops,
and an endorsement from their business
partner. We don’t want them walking away
with just a piece of paper that says, “I did
this program;” we want them walking away
with a portfolio demonstrating tangibly the
things they created and the value they can
We also want them walking away with
their next step lined up. At the beginning
of the program we ask for three to five
measurable outcomes they want, and
we judge our own success based on
whether we helped them achieve those
TOS: If you could say one thing to a
graduating high school senior, what
would that be?
PRAxIS: Go your own way. Create
your own path. Figure out what makes
you come alive; don’t run from it, and
always consider every option before you.
Every decision has costs—not just money, but the opportunity cost of foregone
experiences. Weigh them, and decide
which is best for you given your goals.
Don’t let cultural narratives about what
“normal” people do pressure you into the
Push yourself. Challenge yourself.
You’ll only have real, true fun and fulfillment if you do.
Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO
of Praxis, and intensive ten-month program for entrepreneurial young people who
want more than college. He has tried just
about every form of education and spent
years building and running educational
programs and mentoring students. He’s
started and run a few businesses and nonprofit programs, and felt the experience
gained was infinitely more valuable than
his time in college classrooms. Tired of
imagining what other options might look
like, he decided to break the mold and
launch Praxis. www.discoverpraxis.com
Levi Morehouse is an entrepreneur who’s
launched several startups and is the founder and CEO of Ceterus, Inc. Through his
constant contact with small business owners across the country, he’s noticed growing demand for quality young workers,
and decreasing value to college degrees.
The vision of getting top young workers
into small businesses to create value and
learn at the same time inspired him to be
a part of Praxis. www.discoverpraxis.com
Don’t let cultural narratives about what “normal” people do
pressure you into the well-worn path.