Building Young Entrepreneurs for Change
By Ashley Velasquez, Montessori For All
Almost every school aspires to build leaders of the future. You'll find it written in our taglines and mission statements and bumper stickers: "Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today."
And yet how many of our children's daily experiences align with true preparation for a future we can only begin to imagine? Our children frequently sit in rows, talking only when called on, doing the same thing at the same time. Our schools look more like factories than 21st century workplaces.
At Montessori For All, we seek to reimagine what school looks like so children practice 21st century skills. Most recently, we hosted our first annual Makers Market.
The idea was simple: participants (open to grades Pre-K3 through 6th grade) brainstormed ideas for what they wanted to make and sell. Then they used micro-loans to purchase all the supplies. They made their products, designed signs, and practiced making change and then ran their businesses on a Saturday in December. Because we wanted to help cultivate "Young Entrepreneurs for Change," we encouraged children to identify a non-profit organization to donate a portion of their proceeds to. Here's the form we used to share the concept with families.