The Pembers Tackle Production and Pricing
“Mom, I don’t know if we should get this. It might not be in our budget.” What I wouldn’t give to hear those words spoken in association with a pair of jeans! But my 14-year-old daughter’s comment was in regard to supplies needed for our One Hen business. The fact that Rachael was even thinking about our business budget made me realize just how much she has learned through our One Hen project. And having now reached the half way point, we both really feel like we are off and running, despite a couple bumps in the road.
Continue reading Part 3: One Hen at Home
Rachael conducting online research on business marketing and advertising.
By, Hillary K. Pember
My daughter Rachael may only be 14 years old, but through our One Hen activities we may have identified her budding advertising career!
This week’s One Hen Academy modules had a strong focus on identifying and marketing to target customers. My daughter and I researched and discussed logos, slogans as well as potential markets.
We have been trying to focus on learning together and I have been careful to keep our activities appropriate for a 14 year-old girl. To that end, we have found many videos and lectures on Continue reading Part 2: One Hen at Home. Hillary and Rachael Explore and Apply Business Branding Power
By, Hillary K. Pember
Campos teaching her One Hen class about using their business profits to support community needs.
As a child, Wendy Campos always wanted to participate in her school’s soccer program but was not allowed to because she had to stay home and take care of her younger sister. So when Campos, now a sophomore at UMass Boston, learned that her alma mater, the McKay Middle School, was about to cancel their soccer program due to a staff shortage, she jumped at the chance to help.
Continue reading 2nd Time Around: Wendy Returns to her Alma Mater as a One Hen Educator
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