Launch The INDUSTRY with Josh

$25,016 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 145 people in 14 months
Created March 24, 2018

30% of College freshmen drop out and 75% of college graduates NEVER USE their degree according to the Washington Post.  On top of that, the average student comes out of college with $40,000 of CRIPPLING college debt.

Many young people come home with crushed dreams.  Many others think they need to go to chase their dreams in bigger cities.  I’m one that believes that young people can live their dreams wherever they are.

That is why we are creating a new way forward.


We are The INDUSTRY; a Brand New non-profit organization that strives to see full community involvement and engagement in launching young adults into professional roles throughout the Blue Water area.  We created the “Bridge Semester.”  Why throw yourself into the sea and HOPE you end up on shore; take the BRIDGE and ensure your success.

Students who go through a program like ours are 80% more likely to USE the degree that they receive if they go back to college.  It’s a break from traditional education in order to assess and connect the PRESENT to the FUTURE, or BRIDGE the space between high school and SUCCESS.  Our goal is to inspire this community by empowering young people by giving them the confidence and the tools to start successful careers and establish deep roots in Port Huron.

IMAGINE a city flourishing with young businesses, nonprofits, and families!


To the INDUSTRY, it’s all about P.L.O.T.
Personal Mentor/Coach   
Local Networking        
On Campus Housing       
Timeless Education  

Personal Mentor/Coach
Most successful young people say they have a
mentor/coach, giving inspiration and ideas.  We will
guide students through ​S.M.A.R.T goals to get REAL​
results!  (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and
Time Based).

Local Networking
Students will network in their community through
volunteerism, apprenticeships, and research.
When students are locally networked, they are
more likely to stay and ​invest​ in their own

On Campus Housing
It's important to be surrounded by like-minded young
people who are striving for success.  Being away from
home helps students grow and mature.  We DO​
offer​ our programs without​ ​housing, too.

Timeless Education
Soft skills like a strong work ethic, teamwork,
emotional intelligence, proficient writing, and tenacity
are harder to come by in an employee these days.  With
our help students will learn not only how to build a
successful career, but also how to build a successful

Along with P.L.O.T. a student will EXPLORE through self-guided EXPERIENCES.  

     +360 Degree Personal Assessment​
     +Help define​​ personal ​SUCCESS
     +Create Daily Schedules and Daily Disciplines​
     +Volunteer Projects​ and Humanitarian Causes
     +Regular WORKSHOPS with local professionals
     +Weekly ​Group Coaching and Team Building​
     +Internships/Apprenticeships​ at local businesses


Our goal is to INSPIRE this COMMUNITY by EMPOWERING YOUNG ADULTS!  There are far too few young business owners, far too little nonprofits run by young people, and not enough young influence in this community.  Port Huron will become a place where young people desire to be.



Taking on this project is a HUGE, expensive endeavor.  I am looking to raise $25,000 in order to help The INDUSTRY see the light of day.  Not only do we need the seed money to get this project off the ground, but we need to be able to take care of our family's living expenses.

The Sabo family is not oblivious to the oppression that debt can have on a family.  We started with 4x more than the national average of student college debt.  We understand what students are going through. Our situation has given us great passion to help young people.  We have been waiting to put our dreams of The INDUSTRY together UNTIL NOW!


If we can raise the $25,000 we will have enough to keep my family living for 5 months while this project continues to SOAR! 

TheINDUSTRY will bring energy, excitement, and empowerment to this entire community.  After a successful INDUSTRY is established in Port Huron, we hope to start another in a community similar to Port Huron.

If you like what you hear and believe in what we’re trying to accomplish, please share :)

Funding is always a risk when giving money to nonprofits. This is a very NEW campaign in education, but isn’t the FIRST.  This truly is the cutting edge of higher education and has really caught on and exploded in many areas of America.


We developed strong ties to the communities professional institutions; business, high schools, trades, nonprofits and more. We have a great tie to young people who have all expressed desire to come to a program like this.

We are forming partnerships with John Maxwell Leadership Coaches and Consultants and developing partnerships with local colleges. Our strategy is strong and with the help of very wise counsel we are moving forward every day toward the success of our community through The INDUSTRY.



Carlos Quiroga- Juris doctorate from New England Law. Has years of experience in nonprofit work

Brenden Bell- Key member of production of two feature length independent films.

Jordan Marsh- Consultant in Medical practice and surgical center development.


“I know Josh Sabo personally and am excited about his passion to start the The Industry (TI) to assist young people find their own personal “Industry”. Through Life Coaching his program will lead young people to find their gifts and talents and have a planned pathway to a successful career and future. I believe in what Josh is doing and endorse him as a person of high character, and a program that is desperately needed in the Blue Water / Port Huron area of Michigan.”     

-John C. Romine  “Charter School Guru” of Northern Michigan

Josh Sabo is passionate about “college age” young people. He is committed to their success in life. Josh’s focus on the “gap year” will help many young people chart a path to fulfillment by discovering appropriate education and career choices.

-Mary Doorn - President of WGRT Radio 

We're so incredibly excited about the DAILY SUCCESSES we've been having.  Every OBSTACLE that we meet we're moving forward by collaboration and hard work.  

Keep up with us   learntheindustry.org/contact 

Find us on FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/learntheindustry/ 

Thanks for being a part of the movement!

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Big Updates!

1. Our SPACE is gorgeous! Thanks for everyone's support and resources!

2. Our High School peer mentoring program (MPA, Making People Awesome) will be launching at Landmark Academy this year!

3. Our first semester starts October 1st, with 7 students. 3 more are signed up for our WINTER semester!

4. We're looking for MONTHLY support. Can you help us with $50/month for one year?

We already have students who have stopped using drugs because they have a new purpose and an exciting future!

Keep updated on our Facebook page!


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