Live & Learn has created the Junior Entrepreneurs Club as a fun way for kids to learn and engage the principles of starting, managing and growing a business. The J.E.C. has run a bakery and healthy meals micro-business for the past four years. With the pandemic, we are adapting our products and projects. The business is kid-run, through Live & Learn, at all levels, with three goals: Entrepreneurship, Fun & Community Service
Fall Entrepreneurship programs are open for registration!
Junior Entrepreneurs will practice creative problem-solving, a necessary skill for all entrepreneurs, with scavenger hunts, mysteries and crafty puzzles and problems. We always have crafts, maker space and building projects out as well.
Our kitchen is re-opened and cookies are back on the table! We will be making cookies and other baked goods to donate to area shelters, seniors and service programs. We also sell them to raise money to buy more ingredients for our donated items.
One of our main avenues to independence for our Junior Entrepreneurs is store credit. When the students help with a service project or complete a chore or a thinking challenge, they earn a small amount of store credit which we track. They can spend their credits in our store and when we make our semi-monthly trips to Cumbies.
And of course, we will be making messy fun whenever possible.
A Typical Day:
The kids are picked up at the school and we all walk to the town playground for a little down time and wiggle time before heading over to our space at 123 Narragansett Avenue where the projects are done. Small groups might make a trip with a staff member to the library or around town to sell or donate baked goods. We have two sessions, one from 2:45 to 4:45 and one from 4:45 to 5:30. Students can register for either or both sessions.
The pandemic is still with us and we will continue to take precautions, as follows:
–masks will be worn inside but not outside
–we will be outside often
–the space has HEPA filters in each room
–in the space, windows and doors will always be open, with fans strategically placed all over to draw in one side and out the other side for frequent total exchanges of air
–hand washing will occur frequently and before eating