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
|One Hen students at the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston
||Allison Martinzen, Gear Up counselor and One Hen coach
Growing up, Allison Martizen was no stranger to heated family discussions on finances. Fortunately, as an adult, those family arguments fueled Allison’s desire to help young people become productive, finically literate citizens who see money as a means to success, charity and empowerment, rather than conflict.
“It is important for kids to have confidence in their financial knowledge. To feel secure with money is very empowering, especially for young women,” said Martizen.
As a counselor for the GEAR UP program, Martizen helps students at the Mario Umana Academy in East Boston reach their goal of attending college. Financial literacy training is a key component of the program.
Last year, Martizen also started volunteering as a coach for Dollar$ for Change, an afterschool soccer and enrichment program offered through America SCORES, in partnership with and One Hen, Inc. Continue reading Money: A Source of Tension or Path to Empowerment?
What is “One Hen”? Why a hen? What does the organization do? Where does it work? What is its vision? Mission? Impact? You can find the answers to these questions and more in One Hen’s new infographic video!
Continue reading 1 Hen in 2 Minutes
By, Jessica Charles, One Hen Program Manager
Offiong Bassey, whose given name means “God’s Moon,” performing at One Hen’s Spring Celebration at the Micorsoft NERD Center on May 9, 2015. Bassey has touched thousands through her work as a musician, leader, educator, entrepreneur, and youth activist.
Offiong Bassey, a Boston-based consultant, leadership development professional and recording artist has joined the Board of Directors of One Hen, Inc. Offiong has a passion for youth education and nonprofit strategy. She has worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company, an education consultant with Bellwether Education Partners and currently serves as Director of the Bailey-Sullivan Leadership Institute at the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). She is Nigerian by heritage, but was born and raised in Boston. Among various professional exploits, she is also a jazz singer and poet, and runs her own record label.
Continue reading Education Reform and Corporate Strategist Brings Art of Leadership to One Hen’s Board
By, Helen Rosenfeld, One Hen’s Executive Director
We have truly realized our original vision and officially ‘gone global’ this year.
This blog is our way of sharing the journey with you and highlighting inspiring stories of youth and educators’ success and learnings in their social entrepreneurship adventures around the world.
One Hen, Inc. evolved from Katie Smith Milway’s wonderful book, One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, which teaches children about the power of microfinance and how a boy named Kojo used ‘one small loan’ to create change in the world. One Hen, Inc. follows the narrative arc of that book to show kids how they can take very little and make something big happen. The book’s internationally relevant story is inspiring young people around the world to take social action using entrepreneurship as their tool.
Continue reading Adaptability: Key to a Realized Vision