The thing about fishing is you never know exactly what you’re going to catch. Sure, you drop your line in the right bodies of water, and try to match your lure to the fish you seek, but the serendipity factor is part of the adventure.
So it was as we set out as a search committee in May to plan for One Hen, Inc.’s leadership transition this month. We were looking for a candidate who knew K-8 education, was digitally savvy, and was culturally aware of the populations we serve – student business teams in urban U.S. and youth self-help groups in rural Africa that form savings clubs to finance their businesses.
After a wide-ranging search, we caught the improbable fish: Matt Schatzle whose experience Continue reading One Hen Search Lands Matt Schatzle as Executive Director
By, Hillary K. Pember
From July 27-31, 2015 One Hen ran a Social Entrepreneurship Camp at Jubilee Christian Church (JCC). During this intensive one-week program, 20 young campers enjoyed daily presentations from professionals and entrepreneurs from local businesses and nonprofits including Lovin’ Spoonfulls, InnerCity Weightlifting, Dirty Boys Composting, and Bulfinch. One Hen also arranged for the youth to enjoy field trips to B.good and Sapient Nitro where they toured the facilities and learned how both businesses use their services and products to help their communities. Throughout the week, the campers spent hours developing their businesses and worked in teams to create marketing materials, design products and prepare their final presentations for a panel of adult entrepreneur judges. On July 30 the group held a sell event where their homemade cards, jewelry and key chains earned them over $200 and enabled them to make a generous contribution to Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides low-income and homeless children with essential items they need at home and for school. On the final day of the camp the four business teams presented to a panel of local professionals from The Bridgespan Group, The Stearns Family Foundation, The Matthew 19:26 Fund, and The Black Alliance for Educational Options. These professionals provided each group feedback on their business model and then mentored individual students on their personal entrepreneurship plans and goals. After theses presentations and the mentoring session, the campers and guests enjoyed an ice cream party, funded with the remaining profits from their business.
Here’s what our campers have to say about their experience in the Summer 2015 One Hen Social Entrepreneurship Camp…
Continue reading 5 Young Entrepreneurs Share Feedback on their One Hen Camp Experience
By, Annie Whitlock
Throughout this series, I have written about project-based learning and the different opportunities and challenges this kind of instruction can present in a classroom. One common characteristic of project-based learning is what some call a “culminating event” or a “public presentation.” This is usually the capstone project activity where the students share their work and learning with an audience beyond their teacher. In the One Hen Academy project, the Mega Minds’ culminating event presented a new set of opportunities and challenges. Continue reading Part 6: Wrapping Up: Finalizing Profits, Donations, and Presentations
By, Hillary K. Pember
Pam Smith celebrating with her Dollars for Change students at the end of their 2015 program
Training middle school students on financial literacy was a tall order, but Pam Smith was certain it would be even harder to teach them the empathy and compassion components of the One Hen curriculum. To her surprise, philanthropy came quite naturally to her 30 students.
“It really tugged at my heart strings to see how invested these kids were in creating their business and selling products to raise money for charity,” she said.
This spring, Smith taught One Hen Academy as part of an afterschool program called, Dollar$ for Change, at the William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park. One Hen has been running the Dollar$ for Change program for three years in partnership with AmericaSCORES, an afterschool soccer and enrichment program. Through this partnership, and teachers like Pam Smith, One Hen and America SCORES have reached nearly 1,000 youth with lessons in financial literacy and compassionate philanthropy. These students have started over 50 small businesses. Continue reading No Lessons Needed In Compassion
By, Annie Whitlock
After Gaby discovered that royal blue was the “awareness” color for child abuse and neglect, the Mega Minds decided to make and sell blue products to raise awareness and funds for a youth homeless shelter being built by Barnabas Ministries. The class had also identified children as their target audience and unanimously agreed to create products that kids their age would enjoy.
Once each group had decided on the product they would make, I bought the materials they would need to make their products and opened the “Whitlock Store.” Each group had to buy their materials from this store using their loan money and sales profits. They sold their products at lunch and then calculated their profits during math time. Although I originally funded the “store” with a small grant I had received from Michigan State University for my dissertation research, eventually the students paid me back for these costs with their business profits. Each group’s production and sales activities taught them a unique business lesson… Continue reading Part 5: Customers, Products and Prices: Students Apply Sales Day Lessons