Getting hands on experiences is key in allowing our members to take what they learn in the classroom and implement that knowledge in real world projects.
Merit Badge University Challenge:
Merit Badge University is an opportunity for scouts to earn merit badges in a university setting at the Monfort College of Business in Greeley, COLORADO. Organized by sStudents in Free Enterprise, MBU is bound to be an educational, fun-filled day.
Scouts are expected to review their Merit Badge Handbook prior to attending the course. Most material is highly academic and scouts are advised to be prepared to be familiar with the material in order to gain the most from the MBU experience. More hands on time will be spent on projects if the scout is prepared with a basic knowledge of the subject provided through the handbook.
Let's Can Hunger
The Campbell's Let's Can Hunger Challenge, sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, is a comprehensive hunger challenge including: raising awareness, translating awareness to action in the form of urgent hunger relief and empowering those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger.
Through this initiative, SIFE teams in Canada, Mexico, and the USA will:
•Successfully develop and execute an integrated marketing campaign to raise awareness about the issue of hunger
•Translate awareness into action by energizing the community and sustaining increased levels of giving to those in urgent need, as demonstrated by non-perishable food and/or fund donations collected
•Transfer knowledge, skills or resources to successfully empower individuals and/or families to defeat the cycle of hunger
Each year the Regional SIFE competition is held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To help raise funds for travel costs, SIFE students undertake at least one to two major fundraising projects supported by the national SIFE office.
This year, our SIFE team was invited to compete in Kansas State Universities second annual Business Ethics Case Competition. Six teams of four students from regional universities will compete. There was $6000 in prize money with every team guaranteed to win $500.
JA Adopt-a-school Project
Junior Achievement is a long-standing, national program that partners business with K-12 education to enhance and bring to life the positive power of business in the world. The K-12 programs begin in Kindergarten and 1st grade where we explore our roles and our families’ roles in the local economy, with a continuing expansion in the scope of economic and business impact as the children move through elementary school. In middle school the kids learn about the global market place, economics for success and entrepreneurship. In high school more mature topics and challenging skill sets are addressed as the topics range from success skills and global business ethics to financial planning and even a web-based economics/management simulation. The adopt-a-school project provides a unique way to partner with JA, but also partner with other organizations on and off campus to make a significant impact in one very lucky school
Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge
The JA Stock Market Challenge is a one day event (November 16th) that serves several purposes for the Northern Colorado (and Wyoming) Junior Achievement organization. First, it serves as one of three primary fundraisers, bringing in approximately $30,000 to support K-12 Junior Achievement programs in Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Second, it provides a mechanism to teach high school students about our financial markets, both at the event and through a series of mentor-led instructional activities prior to the event. Third, it provides an outreach forum for JA to the business community whereby JA develops and maintains relationships with those individuals and businesses that financially support the program and provide classroom teachers for the JA programs. JA programs are available for K-12 students. These programs seek to inform our children of business, economics, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, among other topics. While only a one day service commitment for some on our team, the impact of this project extends beyond the 200 high school students and 125 community leaders involved in the stock market challenge. The $30,000 raised will support 100 JA programs, thus will provide business and economic education to more than 2000 other K-12 children. In my view this is a high “bang for your buck” project.