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BEI (Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative) Update
BEI K-12 programs are running well in a virtual environment, as students, teachers, mentors, alumni, and industry professionals take advantage of working remotely.
BEI Elementary: The "Kidpreneurs" in 3rd-5th grade are building their entrepreneurial mindsets, using BEI kits to create natural, handmade products at home. VCHS and VCJH students assist in Zoom breakout rooms while Mrs. Hazlett teaches. Students are learning to be good stewards of their money. All proceeds will support a Christian boarding school in India. From a parent: "Thanks for all your hard work on the Kidpreneur program! Alexis was super excited to share her business proposal with us the other night after dinner. She loves getting to make things and learn all about running a business. The mentors from the Skyway campus have been great as well. It's been a highlight to her regular studies, and she looks forward to every session."
BEI Junior High: With the new elective "Start a business: DIY!" and the after-school program "Explore Entrepreneurship," students stretch their creative, problem-solving, and entrepreneurial skills. Activities include wacky progressive inventions, recycling monsters, presenting persuasive pitches, and using these skills to find solutions for others. Students empathize with others, identify problems in their communities, and learn what it means to serve Christ by using their God-given creativity to meet others' needs, rediscovering how creativity leads to new business ideas. One student said, "I like this (hands-on kit) aspect because we get to do something creative and hands-on and get away from the iPad."
High School - Quest Talks is a lunchtime speaker series bringing in VCS alumni, entrepreneurs, and innovators with stories worth sharing. Students have learned about the speakers' paths from VCS to college, how to launch startups in college and beyond, and how to land a first internship or job. Speakers have shared their careers, their faith journeys, and what fills them with joy.
DECA is off to a great start, with 25 student officers mentoring and training 144 high school students in business and career development. DECA Advisors and officers are preparing their first mock conference on
November 14th to help newer students practice their competition skills. The advisors, Mr. Klenske and Mrs. Lin, are working hard, along with their student leaders
Quest Incubator has 16 student entrepreneurs working in teams, with industry mentors helping them test and launch their startups and nonprofits. Two teams have already created apps available in both the Google Play and Apple app stores. Check out one of the teams' apps: mydeca.