Imagine you are 100 years old. It’s 7:30 pm and you are already exhausted. Each movement hurts a little more than it did the day before. You finally reach your bed and climb in resting your head on your pillow. You realize that your time here on earth is coming to an end, but that doesn’t bother you. As you think about your life, what are the attributes and characteristics you want to define your life?
For many of us, our thoughts drift towards our legacy and how we’ll be remembered, not our memory. We want to make an impact, improve our world, and give back.
Many of our formative years are spent in school. It is here we learn the basics of life. Both of my parents are public school teachers, and I enjoyed grades K-12 as much or more than the next guy. However, there is something about the current process of education that is missing. Whether it be Math, Science, History, or English they all have something in common; students memorize and recite other people’s ideas. Very rarely do they get the opportunity to innovate or come up with a new thought unless they take a nonstandardized-test oriented creative writing class.
In most cases, it is very easy to be successful in school if you work hard and have a good memory, but this is not the formula for making a difference. We need to equip students with the skills needed to come up with new ideas, solve problems, and make the world a better place.
Over the past few weeks, we started to tap into this potential with our entrepreneurship class. We’re learning about ideation, creating a business plan, and developing a product with our students through four different projects:
Bread Winnerz is creating a bread recipe that will be cobranded with one of our entrepreneurs, Chancey, and Mill Village Farms using produce from Mill Village Farms.
Frepair (free repair) is creating a free bike repair station to be used in neighborhoods where many people rely on bikes as their main form of transportation.
Village Fashion is designing a shirt with Mill Village Farms to be sold at the Mobile Market.
Finally, Cook It Up is creating a budget friendly healthy recipe that will contain items from the farms.
Through these projects the teens are learning to solve problems creatively and implement the solutions to these problems help make the city of Greenville a better place.
On our first day of class we sent the students on a walk through downtown Greenville with the task of identifying any problems they saw, and thinking of a solution to solve that problem. I heard everything from having a humane society near Falls Park where people can rent a dog to a two-story sidewalk to decrease congestion in high traffic areas and cross walks. These teens have plenty of ideas to make our community and world a better place, but they need to be told that their ideas have value and can become a reality.
- Blake, Nasha Lending Intern
Your donation allows us to teach entrepreneurship to high school students through project based learning. You can donate to the teen entrepreneur program here.