Faces of the Future

What Extraordinary Students Are Telling Us About Tomorrow's Uncertain Job Market

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Across the country, talented and driven young people are pushing well beyond the boundaries of school, finding new ways to learn advanced computer science, tackle big challenges, and start mapping an uncharted future. As part of Education Week's special coverage of schools and the future of work, we're profiling some of these students, because we believe their stories hold important lessons about the promise—and peril—that all of today’s students will face in tomorrow’s uncertain labor market. Check out the student profiles below:

They Hacked Their School District When They Were 12. The Adults Are Still Trying to Catch Up.

Jeremy Currier & Seth Stephens, Troubled Hackers

Nov. 7, 2018 | Rochester Hills, Mich.

Before they were teenagers, Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens showed the advanced computer skills and and probing minds that are highly sought after by employers. How did they end up at the center of a possible criminal investigation?

He Wants Chicago Kids to Build the Next Silicon Valley. He's 13.

Ian Michael Brock, Computer Science Evangelist

Feb. 19, 2018 | Chicago

Eighth grader Ian Michael Brock wants to make sure the next billion-dollar tech company is launched by a kid like him. For better or worse, he and his family have taken matters into their own hands.

The Extraordinary Education of an Elite, 13-Year-Old Problem-Solver

Emma Yang, Problem-Solver

Sept. 26, 2017 | New York

A remarkable coder with vision, people skills, and high-powered mentors, New York City 9th grader Emma Yang has the skills to thrive in an uncertain future labor market. But what about everyone else?