YesCarolina Builds Entrepreneurship Center in Charleston

YesCarolina, a nonprofit that trains South Carolina teachers to teach the principles of entrepreneurship to students, is raising funds to construct a $100,000 in Charleston to better serve the Lowcountry’s youth.

The concept for the building includes space for 4 classrooms for student and teacher instruction, 4 offices for YesCarolina personnel, 2 libraries with business/entrepreneurship related literature for teachers and students, and 150-seat auditorium, a conference room, and a board room.

The new center will be a site for after-school education programs, teacher training, mentor programs, and competitions.

Over the years, YesCarolina has gained a favorable reputation as a force for good among the state’s youth. One of their main programs is teacher training, a four-day course that equips South Carolina 6-12 grade teachers with the knowledge and experience to guide students in their quest to business success. The teacher training curriculum was created by Steve Mariotti, founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and winner of the Golden Lamp Award from the Association of Education Publishers. YesCarolina has trained over 825 teachers since 2004.

Teachers who participate in the program receive a certificate recognizing them as certified entrepreneurship teachers and earn up to 26 contact hours, which they put toward the renewal of their South Carolina teaching credential.

YesCarolina helps students who might otherwise never discover entrepreneurship. It focuses on experiential learning, giving students the knowledge, skills, and tools to become entrepreneurs and build their own successful businesses. The organization hopes that all the youth in the state can be exposed to the principles of entrepreneurship.

The nonprofit places special emphasis on rescuing struggling youth. Many of the students who participate in YesCarolina programs have struggled with math and English. Certified teachers help them their skills and interests and develop a business plan based on their passion.

Students interested in learning entrepreneurship can approach certified teachers, who receive textbooks, workbooks, lesson plans, and multimedia resources from YesCarolina. Interested students who engage in this study are then eligible to participate in YesCarolina-sponsored business plan competitions.

Students who progress beyond the classroom and state levels of the competition qualify for the national competition. Recently, a YesCarolina student won second place at the national level competition in Silicon Valley and went on to meet the President of the United States.

The top students from the county and state competitions are invited to a six-week mentorship program during which they learn important entrepreneurship principles like competitive advantage and building a pipeline. YesCarolina works hand-in-hand with real entrepreneurs in the area. Ultimately, the program helps the participating young men and women put their business plans into action and acquire seed money.

YesCarolina is making headway into the building of the entrepreneurship center. It’s partnered with MatchingFund.org to raise the $100,000 necessary to realize the project. So far, four donors have given a total of $25,000. Anonymous donors from MatchingFund pledge to give matching donations of up to $25,000 if the campaign meets its goals.

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Georgia Pacific Donates to the Kids in Need Foundation

In the United States, more than 16 million children live in poverty. A good education is essential for building a successful career and making it in life, but poverty-stricken students face many obstacles–including the lack of access to school supplies.

The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) is striving to help students and their teachers in this department. It’s an organization dedicated to providing free school supplies for children who need the help. Thanks to donations from manufacturers and retailers, KINF has established “resource centers” across the nation. These are stores are stocked with learning supplies–everything from paper and pencils to backpacks and educational software.

The donated supplies never enter a warehouse. Instead, they go straight to the resource centers. Teachers who may pick up free supplies from resource centers work for prequalified schools at which at least 70 percent of the student body is eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program.

KINF performs a very important work in low-income communities. Their website recounts experiences of students living in homeless shelters who developed trust in their teachers and began attending class regularly thanks to the learning supplies made available through the National Network of Resource Centers program.

 

Now, US Company Georgia Pacific is contributing to the cause.

 

Based out of Atlanta, GP is a major manufacturer of paper products. Their diverse set of products includes napkins, paper towels, tissue, printer paper, building products, and tissue. Although the Corporation’s name may not be so well known to the general public, its many famous brands include Brawny, Dixie, Angel Soft, and Quilted Northern.

On October 28, GP announced that it would be donating $365,000 to KINF, along with a large quantity of paper products. The cash and paper will be used to stock Resource Centers across the nation.

GP is helping fill a major void. One in five students is unable to afford basic school supplies as a result of family economic conditions. When students are unprepared for school, they’re less attentive. Many teachers are now spending as much as $500 dollars of their own money every year to help students in need.

The donation from GP will allow KINF to continue its work among schools. In 2014, the foundation provided over 4 million children with school supplies.

There have been many success stories related to KINF and its Resource Centers. In December of last year, KINF was in Arkansas providing backpacks full of school supplies to children in low-income neighborhoods.

Earlier that year, the foundation brought Christmas early to Mayflower Elementary School in Conway, Arkansas when it gave supplies to the student body of 426. This came after a tornado had ravaged the area and brought immense financial distress to many families.

Georgia Pacific and the Kids in Need Foundation are helping change the lives of millions of young people throughout the country. The recent donation will help students acquire confidence and move forward with hope toward a brighter future.

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