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Boss Club Teaches Entrepreneurial Skills

December 18, 2023
By Boss Club
28 Students at San Jose Christian School Started Real Businesses and Made Sales as Part of an Innovative Entrepreneurship Class.

During the program, students launched real companies like car washing, babysitting, baked goods, jewelry, and more, and generated hundreds of dollars of sales during the course.

But not only are students making sales, they are also using their businesses to give back to the community. One company, Sweet Shop, provided 100 cookies for the end-of-year middle school mixer! Additionally, many of the students indicated that they wanted to continue with their businesses after the course, so we know that these results are only the beginning. 

Mr. Plares, who taught this elective course said, “I am so proud of the work our students put in to create and launch their businesses. Many went from knowing very little about running a business to creating business ideas, turning those business ideas into real products and services, and making consistent sales throughout the year. They have gained valuable experiences and new skills that they will help them succeed in any career path they choose.”

The program was a huge success and we are excited to see what amazing things our students will accomplish as they continue with their businesses! 

Watch the Video: See the short highlight video of the students’ achievements here.

Why Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship Creates Deep Learning. “Entrepreneurship education has an opportunity to “trigger deep learning and instill engagement, joy, motivation, confidence, and feelings of relevancy among students.” – Entrepreneurship in Education, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development

Entrepreneurship Cultivates Self-Initiative. “Entrepreneurship education empowers young people to see the world as opportunity rich, and to craft the lives they dream to live.” – Why Schools Should Teach Entrepreneurship, Aspen Institute 

Entrepreneurship Equips Young People. “In the United States, 55% of the adult population have started at least one business in their lifetime, with 26% saying they have started two or more businesses.” – Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Babson College

The Impact of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is one of the most impactful subjects to teach in the classroom today because it is about so much more than just starting a business. It is one of the few cross-curricular activities that brings together everything students are learning in school. 

Entrepreneurship provides a practical way to learn key soft skills like confidence, creativity, and grit that they will need in the world they’re about to enter. These skills will stick with students for the rest of their lives!

In fact, nationwide, 95% of teachers using the Boss Club entrepreneurship curriculum reported that their students grew in confidence, creativity, critical thinking, or other key areas, which are skills that can be applied to all other areas of students’ lives.

About Boss Club:

Boss Club’s innovative entrepreneurship curriculum is used in hundreds of schools across the country and helps middle and high school students start their first business, equipping them with the confidence, creativity, and grit uniquely forged by entrepreneurship. 

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More Than A Selfie

October 17, 2016
By Mindy Webb

For the past three years, SJCS middle school girls have been excited to stay after school on our minimum days. It wasn’t for sports or extra credit—it was to hang out with their teachers.

Our teachers have taken advantage of the minimum days by leading a mentor group specifically designed for middle school girls. “More Than a Selfie” exists to help students navigate the challenges of being a girl in our society today.

The mission of the group is to “impact the lives and faith of middle school girls at SJCS through establishing personal relationships and having intentional conversations and activities.”

And the girls LOVE it. Participation is completely voluntary, yet we have had over 90% of middle school girls come to every event. Events this year have included a pizza party pep rally in August, get-to-know-you mixer games in September, and our recent October event.

On Thursday, October 13th, the Selfie group leaders brought 22 sixth and seventh grade girls to the mall for a meal and lots of laughter (8th graders were in Oregon). After lunch, the girls were informed of their mission: complete a scavenger hunt to find random items and incognito SJCS mall walkers. The SJCS hidden team included: Janelle Hendricks, Alex Bost, Suzie Van Ewyk, Lynn Hossink, Ashley Laverman, and Betsy Phillips—all wearing disguises. Points were awarded for objects and people found, and the laughter was contagious!

Events like the mall scavenger hunt allow our students to see their teachers as real people. These type of bonding activities open the door for deeper conversations about faith and who we are as children of God. We stress that we need to find our identity in God, not in what our culture tells us we should be. Please keep the group in your prayers as we continue to work with middle school girls throughout the year.

Upcoming Events:

December 2: Sweet Tooth Showdown and Sock Exchange

January 25 and March 16: Jen Hatmaker's Brave Girl study

May 12: 8th Grade Dinner and Dessert Night with a panel of SJCS alumni and former Selfie graduates

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