What is P3?
P3: Purpose, Passion, and Principles is a program that started in 2013 by a group of MBA students, who recognized the need for space to discuss what they see as meaningful in their life and how they defined success in thinking about the future. P3 for undergraduates is based on the success from the MBA program. For the pilot, students will participate in four-week program designed to provide a structured way to gain a deeper understanding of their own definitions of success and happiness and how these relate to their professional and personal goals.
Learn more about how P3 started in Wharton Stories.
How many members in a P3 group?
P3 groups typically consist of 5-6 participants and one facilitator. In the pilot of the P3 program, we are opening the participation to freshmen.
As a facilitator, do I get to participate?
As a facilitator you will lead the group through the discussion. In this role, you have the ability to be active in the conversation and participate in the activities as a member of the group. Your participation in the activities will serve as a model for helping the other members open up in conversation. It is important to keep in mind that as an upperclassman, your current experiences and focus may be different than what the freshmen are experiencing.
What training is provided for facilitators?
Facilitator training will occur virtually during the week of February 15th. This training will go over the content of the program as well as facilitation skills such as norm setting and leadership presence. You will be supported along the way. We will offer weekly “office hours” to connect with along the way.
What is the additional time commitment of a facilitator?
Facilitators can expect to spend only one additional hour per week. This semester, P3 sessions will run for four meetings starting the week of March 1st and finishing the week of March 29th. The sessions run about 90 minutes to two hours per meeting.
Meetings will held during the following weeks:
- Week One: March 1-7
- Week Two: March 15-21
- Week Three: March 22-28
- Week Four: March 29-April 4
In addition to reading the P3 content, the facilitator will be responsible for preparing their story and organizing the logistics of each session. P3 Program staff will send weekly email templates for facilitators to customize and send out to their participants with details for the upcoming session.
What will the participants discuss in the P3 groups?
Students will be guided through a curriculum that will include both structured group discussion and exercises. The work of P3 will be broken into topics for discussion that may include but are not limited to: acknowledging their values, defining success, capabilities and confidence, and creating commitments to help them reach their goals. Students may address the following types of questions along the way:
- How will I lead a meaningful life?
- How do I define success during my time in school?
- What are my strengths and what do I want to work on while in school?
- What does it take for me to be the person I want to be?
- What steps can I take to achieve the most out of the next three years?
How do I become a successful facilitator?
To be a strong facilitator, you will often be the first to share in a conversation. This is because you are modeling the type of stories to share, topics to cover, and the goal of the session. Set the tone of the group through setting norms. You are NOT a therapist, someone who gives answers to questions, or someone who is there to be “boss” of the group