I want to share with you a special Thank You note I recently received from one of our students, which I hope inspires you about other High School program options available to you.
Here is Brennen’s letter:
As I sit here ready to share my story, I realize that where I am today is due to the zeal and honor B.E.E. gave and continues to give me. I hope my life will do it justice.
In July 2013, I was connected with Donna Bixby of B.E.E. Though she didn’t know me, she believed in me and focused on my passion for computer programming. I was pressed to learn HTML and lured with an I.T. carrot that I could help create and maintain her website if I learned it well….
The JA class is amazing. Teenagers being taught to start a company from scratch and learning how teamwork contribute to their success. It’s exciting to see young people learning responsibility and taking charge of their business plan
My son has been talking a lot about the business venture class. Since the whole class is participating as one company to sell jewelry, I want to work in partnership with what they are learning in class. I told our son about the wholesale district in LA and how much stuff they have there for making jewelry. I would like to take them to some stores so they can get ideas on things to sell, pricing and competition.
In the spring of my daughters eighth grade year, she had the opportunity to apply for the Nordstroms BP teen fashion board. Even at this young age, Sophia could start imagining a future career in the fashion world. Most girls at this age envision a fashion career might be predominately based on design, however, the insights gained during her time enrolled in Bixby Educational Events, Inc – JA Company Class gave her a much better understanding of the variety of opportunities that might be available. As part of the HR team and also involved in the design and production process of the handmade journal books, Sophia was able to directly experience the many components of the business world first hand.
JA Journals has come to the end of its sixteen week life cycle, and what a learning opportunity and experience it has been for all those who participated in the process of forming the company, naming it and working within it to make it a success.
JA Journals designed and produced 61 journals to sell. Our Sales Team sold 61 journals, which made $300.00 for the Company. Each Stock Holder received $2.25 per stock and each Company Employee was paid $.50 per hour except the officers were paid $1.50. All combined, producing a 12% profit for our company which is truly unheard of in the business world for any start-up company let alone one that has only been in business for sixteen weeks! That’s like grass usually growing at a one inch rate per week suddenly growing at a 2.1 inch rate per week. Mowing the lawn becomes a job for a lawn service rather than a once a week do it yourself chore. You must agree that the growth was amazing.