SAP & GENYOUth AdVenture Capital Program Announces Southeastern Students as Winners of SAP “Design 4 Good Challenge”
Local Brockton & Easton Students Receive $1,000 Grant to Implement Their Project to Support Healthier Schools
For students who are tuned into solving the world’s problems with BIG and small ideas, or who are fans of TV’s “Shark Tank”, GENYOUth’s AdVenture Capital program is the perfect platform for challenging their bright minds. Over 75 students from 15 schools representing 12 states had the chance to flex their social entrepreneurship skills, thinking and creating in a virtual challenge to tackle a real-world problem facing their schools in the SAP “Design 4 Good Challenge.” The students competed for the opportunity to win grant money to develop health initiatives that support the planet in responsible ways.
After hours of brainstorming, and mentoring by SAP and GENYOUth staff members, students designed and pitched their ideas in a 90-second presentation to judges. With the scores calculated, Marketing & Entrepreneurship students Montserrat De La Cruz Olivares of Easton and Daniela Aguirre of Brockton were named one of five winners of SAP’s “Design 4 Good Challenge” and received a $1,000 grant for their project to support students’ social and emotional health and wellness.
“AdCap provides opportunities to empower and give youth a voice to create solutions that help their school communities,” said Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth. “Thanks to the generous support provided by SAP, students are learning, growing and thinking in new ways. Congratulations to all the winners!”
Montserrat and Daniela have already started collaborating with administrators, guidance and adjustment counselors, and the school’s technology department to put their plan into action.
“The pandemic has affected young people’s day-to-day lives and impacted their social-emotional well-being. As a result, we have seen our friends and classmates struggle with staying motivated and doing well in school. However, we understand that school is not the only thing impacting a student’s social and emotional health, as many students also face problems in their personal lives. We came up with Project ReachOut! to create a platform where students could find resources to help them take proactive steps to do well in their academic and personal lives,” said Daniela and Montserrat. “We are planning to add resources such as coping strategies, mindfulness techniques and mental health emergency resources.”
“AdVenture Capital has helped us design an action plan to address issues many students are facing right now. This challenge was unique to us because we were provided an opportunity to support our school community,” said Montserrat. “Not only did we get to share our solution to the problem, but we also received guidance from mentors. We also heard from other students who also wanted to make a difference in their schools. The program helped us find the potential we have to create change in our school environment and support our peers not only during this challenging time, but also moving forward.” said Daniela.
Montserrat and Daniela will continue to work on Project ReachOut! during their upcoming senior year and are hoping to make a difference in their school community while positively impacting students’ lives.
AdVenture Capital is a social entrepreneurship program of youth health and wellness nonprofit GENYOUth, whose mission is to create healthier school communities. Conceived in 2013, the program is open to students ages 13-17 across the country and provides funding, resources and the support of business mentors to help students cultivate and implement their ideas that improve access to healthy foods and physical activity. Through the process of thinking and acting like entrepreneurs, students develop 21st century skills that help them succeed in school and in life.
To learn more, visit AdCapYOUth.org
Over its seven year tenure, GENYOUth’s AdVenture Capital program has engaged over 3,000 students from 650 schools who have pitched and developed over 1,500 student projects. With its commitment to youth social entrepreneurship and employee engagement, SAP and its staff members have provided their time and resources to support schools nationwide and to provide youth with the skills they need for their future success.
At Southeastern, students choose from twenty career majors in preparation for life’s challenges and opportunities. The school combines a rigorous academic curriculum with state of the art vocational and technical studies to help students realize their full learning potential. The schedule is designed to have students alternate between academic and technical coursework. This process promotes the integration of studies and helps bridge the gap between theoretical and practical experience.
The hands-on approach to learning helps connect students to education and provides the basis for life-long learning–an essential skill in today’s highly competitive global market. Upon graduation, students have the choice of furthering their education in any two or four-year institution or going directly into the workforce.
The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four-year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers twenty career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater. To learn more about Southeastern, please visit www.sersd.org
GENYOUth is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that creates healthier school communities. They convene a network of private and public partners, including Fortune 100 companies and foundations, to raise funds for youth wellness initiatives that give youth the inspiration, motivation and programs to be healthy high-achieving students. GENYOUth’s flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60, enrolls over 73,000 U.S. schools, reaching over 38 million students. The school nutrition grants increase access to healthy school meals among food insecure students. NFL FLAG-In-School is GENYOUth’s fastest growing program with over 20,000+ school communities reaching over 11 million students while AdVenture Capital brings out the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of students with the support of corporate mentors to solve real world problems. For more information about GENYOUth, visit www.genyouthnow.org
SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: 77% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system. The machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises. The end-to-end suite of applications and services enables their customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improves people’s lives.
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