20 2014

TLP Student Entrepreneurs in Halifax Raise Over $10,000 for Local Charities

March 20th 2014
Grade 12 Class Learns Lessons in Leadership and Community Outreach through the Entrepreneurial Adventure program

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What started out as a Grade 12 class of unfamiliar schoolmates, became an inspiring group of budding entrepreneurs, philanthropists – and friends for life – who raised more than $10,000 for two Halifax, Nova Scotia charities, Phoenix and Bryony House.
The “Leadership 12” class at Sir John A. Macdonald High School used The Learning Partnership’s Entrepreneurial Adventure – an integrated curriculum program that helps students develop 21st century skills, such as financial literacy, innovative thinking, marketing approaches and social responsibility – to spark their enterprising spirit for school credits, while raising funds for local charities that hold strong connections to students in the class.
With guidance from their teacher, a business mentor, and help from local businesses, the students worked hard to design, market and execute various community events to raise funds. Events included a hypnotist show, volleyball tournament, silent auction and a Mooseheads hockey jersey raffle. The class also learned about development and volunteer recruitment by partnering with Scotiabank, who contributed staff volunteer hours and $5,000 of the class’s fundraising money.
“We’ve been participating in the Entrepreneurial Adventure program for a few years now and it’s a perfect fit for the Leadership 12 course. The students just love it,” says course teacher, Dwayne Blanchard – or “Blanch” as the students like to call him. “It was amazing to see their transformation from being shy, hesitant individuals to a close-knit family and confident young adults. Even though they’ve completed the course, the experience has inspired them to continue fundraising.”
Kaila Brown, a Leadership 12 student, was nominated as co-chair for the class and expressed that she will cherish the experience and take with her what she learned to University next year. For her, the program helped develop confidence in her leadership abilities, a passion for philanthropy and the courage to take risks.
“I’ve learned how to become a better leader and the importance of teamwork,” says Kaila Brown.  “I am more comfortable now to handle the unknown and learned that, as the go-to person, you have to hold things together. You also get what you give, so motivating others and showing that you care really helps.”
On March 20, the class presented donation cheques to Phoenix and Bryony House at their school and are eager to see their fundraising efforts being used to help at-risk, homeless youth, as well as women and their families impacted by partner violence and abuse.

Terry Wadden, The Learning Partnership’s Program Manager for Entrepreneurial Adventure in Nova Scotia and former Principal at Sir John A. Macdonald, is impressed by their achievement.
“The goal of the program is to expose these students to the world of work by providing them with a foundation of knowledge and practical skills to help them envision, create and operate their own entrepreneurial undertakings – now and in the future,” says Terry Wadden.  “These students are shining examples of how impactful the Entrepreneurial Adventure program can be for schools, local businesses and their communities. As a former Principal of the school, I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts.”