“Big Ideas Start Small” – Summer challenge for kids (and their parents)
Last Christmas my daughter attempted creating an online store. She was selling one of her paintings. She participated in creating a short video about it and the rest was done by me, her mama! We posted it once, and we forgot about it. The whole thing wasn’t a big hit.
We did nothing else to market it and spread the word about her little adventure.
We did, what many first timers do… We planted the seed but never watered the soil after that.
Since then, she asked me countless times if we can do more, so she can sell more and support WWF. In other words, if I can do more to help her out. I told her, she will need to step up her game. I’ll support her and give her as much of my time and knowledge as I have, but the rest must to be done by her.
Every time I talked about running a business and about all the responsibilities that come with it her eyes glazed over and I knew I lost her.
It was simply boring.
Our life was a little crazy over the last year or so. I wasn’t pushing her to do anything with it. There was a lot happening already. However, with the cancelation of my Kids Photography Workshop, a space opened up for something I’ve been meaning to organize for a long time:
Business workshop for kids!!!!
With all that in mind I decided to create something more fun. Something with a simple language that a kid can understand. Plus engaging and relatable content would also be nice! (right?)
Coming up with a short list of MUST KNOW topics for this was hard. There is so much I’d wanted to cover. However, I think I got the essentials down! We will find out if I’m right while putting all the bullet points into a practice over the next several weeks 😉
I gathered a small (but strong) group and we are up for an adventure!
By the end of this Summer we are going to have small businesses opened and running!
We will cover such topics as branding, connecting with their clients through storytelling, web design, creative writing, and money (of course).
During this workshop all participants are going to learn how to:
- name and connect with their superpowers (aka unique talents),
- come up with a interesting concept for their business based on the unique skills they already have,
- create a brand,
- create simple marketing campaign from scratch,
- create a website,
- start their business with mostly free tools!!!
- and more…
We will have trips to local businesses and listen to other CEO’s stories.
Our first meeting was a big hit!
All the girls got notebooks and sticker books.
We set up 3 main goals for our businesses.
Lead. Serve. Impact.
We had really great brainstorming session. All the girls supported each other and participated with their own ideas. Non of them had to think long to be able to list a few causes that they can support with their business. Animal shelters, homeless shelters and kids hospitals, animal hospitals, and more! WOW!
Our team is made out of 4 girls. Two are my daughters and two are Carlie’s.
Carlie is the owner of Lehrfeld Farm in San Martin. And we are using her studio for our Summer Challenge meetings.
We are planning a few adventurous field trips already. However, we will have some exciting guest in the studio as well.
Plus we always have fun afterwards:
Stay tuned to see what those young enterpreneurs will create.