The P3 Program Experience

From Start to Finish

Enrollment

The P3 application opens early in the semester. The fall semester is open to 2Y students, while the spring semester is open to both 1Y and 2Y students.

Confirmation

The number of participants the program can accommodate depends on the number of facilitators. If every applicant cannot be admitted, applicants will be informed of whether they are accepted, waitlisted, or declined.

Accepted participants are sorted into groups based on the availability indicated in their applications. If a participant can no longer meet at that day and time for all 8 sessions, then they are waitlisted until another spot becomes available. If a participant feels that they can no longer commit to P3, then they are dropped from the program and their spot is given to a waitlisted applicant.

Application Questions

The P3 participant application asks each candidate about themselves, their availability, as well as three essay questions.

  1. What are your goals for participating in P3?
  2. How would you describe an ideal P3 group member? What does it take to be a good P3 participant?
  3. In your own words, how would characterize the commitment that P3 requires?  What draws you toward participating in a P3 group and making the commitment to a P3 group now?
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The program lasts 8 weeks.
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Each P3 group meets the same day and time every week.
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P3 sessions typically run 2 hours, but can go longer.
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100% attendance is required for participation in P3.

Participation in the Program

Once participants are sorted into groups, their facilitators will reach out to them to introduce themselves and provide more information about where their first P3 session will be held.

The P3 curriculum can change from year to year or even from semester to semester. Here’s a sample curriculum:

Week 1 Six Lives
Week 2 Happiness
Week 3 Childhood, Family, & Culture
Week 4 Relationships
Week 5 Crucible Moments
Week 6 Meaningful Work
Week 7 Leadership Vision
Week 8 Commitment

P3 Facilitators & Board Members

Facilitator

At the end of the program, every participant is invited to apply to become a facilitator for the following semester. Facilitators are the backbone of the P3 program, and they provide structure and guidance for participants through all 8 sessions.

Application Process

As part of the application process, we will reach out to your P3 group members for feedback on your participation in the group.

In each applicant, we look for:

  • Compassion
  • Curiosity
  • Humility
  • Respect
  • Bias towards inquiry over advocacy
  • Open-mindedness

Application Essay Questions

  1. What are your goals for serving as a P3 facilitator?
  2. How would you describe an ideal P3 facilitator? How have you demonstrated these qualities in your own P3 group or another setting?
  3. How would you handle a P3 participant who does not seem committed to P3?

Student Advisory Board

In addition to leading P3 groups, facilitators can apply to be considered for the P3 Student Advisory Board for the next academic year.

The P3 Board student members work in collaboration with the McNulty Leadership Office and Professors Friedman and Shell to manage program operations, perform project work, think strategically about future program development, and support ongoing innovation and adaptation of the P3 program.  The P3 Board provides an opportunity for students who have participated in the P3 program to gain further personal development through close collaboration with fellow students and staff/faculty as they make P3 possible for Wharton students.

Responsiblities

  • Cultivate an enriching learning experience for participants
  • Set group norms and expectations
  • Coordinate and communicate logistics around group sessions
  • Monitor the flow of the session and encourage balanced engagement
  • Prepare for each weekly session
  • Participate in at least one training session prior to the start of the program
  • Blind review incoming P3 applications

Learning & Development

P3 hosts check-ins and trainings for facilitators. Previous trainings have addressed:

  • Trust-building
  • Goal setting
  • Active listening
  • Time management
  • Facilitation practice
  • Content mastery