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About Build a Biz Kids
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Our Mission

Kids Taking Action

Build a Biz Kids, a Registered Non Profit Society, who is dedicated the future of our youth and the world they need to prepare for. 

The kids we work with today will be graduating around 2030. What kind of innovations and world changing events will they see during that time? Are we properly equipping them to create unique value once they become adults in their world?

Build a Biz Kids offers supplementary programming to students across the Lower Mainland in BC, Canada. Our donors also help us to subsidize children & youth from At-Risk, Indigenous & Refugee communities.

To us, it’s not just about what our students do while in our programming, but what they take on, with their newfound confidence, afterwards. The impact of these practical lessons can be seen for years to come, monetarily, in personal fulfillment & a happier planet.

Developing & Practicing

Essential Skills

Practical & Soft Skill Development is becoming a critical factor behind success in any career path you decide to take. We use Entrepreneurship as a medium with which to teach these skills through experiential & gamified learning. 

Here are just a few of the invaluable skills your child will develop & practice:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Resiliency from Failure & Hearing “No”
  • Self Awareness
  • Taking Ownership on Projects
  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Body Language
  • Financial Literacy
  • Public Speaking
  • Mentoring
  • & So Many More!
Build a Biz Kids

A Non Profit Society

Build a Biz Kids is 100% a passion project for it’s founders & operators. The most common comment we hear is, “I wish we had a program like this when we were kids”, and we couldn’t agree more. BizKids Practical Education ASSN, or Build a Biz Kids, is focused on bringing practical skills to as many children and youth as possible, from all walks of life. If in 20 years, our students can say, “I’m so glad I had a program like that when I was a kid”, then our mission has been accomplished.

          Meet Our Leadership Team

Leah Coss
President

Leah Coss has owned numerous businesses in manufacturing & finance as well as been a Franchise Development Consultant for over 9 years in assorted industries. She is a published author & speaker on automation, eliminating skill obsolescence & reducing turnover in the workplace, skills labour gap. She is also an advocate for education and the Co-Founder & CEO of The Fuel Academy. 

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Braden Ricketts
Vice President

Braden comes to us from working as a Program Director & Project Manager for over 10 years at the YWCA, a large non profit association in Vancouver, BC as well as co-owning a podcasting business, Amplifyou. Braden is also the Co-Founder of The Fuel Academy and professional High-Fiver to Kids.

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Victoria Petriw
Board of Director

Victoria Petriw is the VP of Operations at WiderFunnel, and Co-Founder of Port Moody & Co. a lifestyle brand that connects the Port Moody community and promotes the incredible people and places of the area. She is an SFU grad in Human Geography, specializing in Urban Studies, and completed all the experiential programs the faculty had to offer. 

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Craig Lovell
Board of Director

Craig is Past Chairman of Sales and Marketing Executives Vancouver and actively volunteers with numerous organizations focused on youth and business including the YMCA, YELL, Futurpreneur Canada and most recently Bratz Biz. He was recently honored with the Volunteer of the Year award from Junior Achievement for his 17 year involvement with the organization.

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Dana Harvey
Board of Director

Dana Harvey is the Founder of Dana Harvey Communications, Co-Founder of the Women’s Collaborative Hub Society, a non-profit personal growth and empowerment platform for women, and Co-Founder of ‘Future Women’, a series of events in Vancouver to advance diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Dana is a mentor to young professionals, particularly women in technology. 

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Joe Deobald
Board of Director

Joe Deobald is the Founder of Full Frame Marketing, Franchise owner of Code Ninjas and the Entrepreneur in Residence at Left Technologies. He sits on the board for the Women’s Collaborative Hub and is the digital creative director for TEDx Vancouver. Joe has written articles on empathetic leadership for publication in Forbes magazine, spoken at numerous regional conferences, and has helped numerous companies develop award-winning cultures.

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Shaping Future Perspective

Watch Kids Launch Their Businesses!

Experiencing their potential through action, kids can see exactly what they are capable of. Confidence is built by giving them space and support to test their abilities and see their results. 

If students can learn how to Learn and develop Resiliency, Empathy, Leadership as well as explore Financial Literacy, Communication and Teamwork, there will be nothing that can stop them in their future. At Build a Biz Kids, we are developing a generation of Unstoppable Youth, capable of redefining the world we live in. 

We are excited to see what they can do and support them every step of the way! Join us! 

 

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