100Kin10 is nonprofit organization designed to fuel the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers by providing America’s classrooms excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. In order to reach their goal of training 100,000 STEM teachers over the next 10 years, 100kin10 leverages the resources of its partner network—made up 280+ organizations that are deeply invested in the future of STEM education.
With six years to go, 100Kin10 looked to Openbox to optimize its partner support model, which would include a mix of events, tools, and communications to best support and activate the partner network and its various commitments. In addition to inspiring and advancing partners, the refreshed partner support model needed to help scale the network while accommodating 100Kin10’s limited in-house capacity.
Through a balance of qualitative research, design, and co-visioning exercises, Openbox designed a refreshed partner support model to motivate individuals and organizations alike to advance their goals. Our key deliverables included a taxonomy of partner personas and its associated reference tool; concepts for an optimized portfolio of new partner offerings; and a digital implementation toolkit for internal use. Our model centered on four key themes: capacity building, collaboration, influence & access, and community.