The Social Effects of Covid-19 on Children and Teens

Theatrical plays, special interest clubs, field trips, recesses and lunch breaks, inter-school events and final year traditions like proms and graduations have always been something that students look forward to throughout the school year. These events provide a sense of enjoyment and fulfillment after spending long hours within the four walls of their classroom. These also give them a chance to express themselves in a unique way.

When Covid-19 hit, educational institutions were one of the first sectors that needed to adjust to ensure the health and safety of its thousands of students and instructors. Following the government’s safety protocols like BC’s Back to School Plan, protective measures have been strongly implemented by schools. Physical distancing, along with the creation of small learning groups, are observed during recesses, lunch breaks, and extracurricular activities. Playground activities and clubs like dance, theatre, sports, and music will see some changes as physical contact is minimized. Furthermore, it has been strongly recommended that inter-school competitions and festivals are cancelled during this time. 

To reduce the spread of Covid-19 and to abide by the various protective measures, schools have made the hard decision of suspending or postponing social events and traditions, specifically those that typically attract a large gathering of students. As a result, students have been missing out on many of the important social activities and opportunities to make memories with friends and family.

Even though it is essential that we understand and comply with the Covid-19 restrictions in place, it is worth taking a deeper look at how children and teenagers will be affected as a result.

Feelings of disappointment or dismay, specifically in younger children, may emerge out of not being able to meet with friends and experience special occasions to the same extent as before. Also, anxiety levels can increase as children may worry or fear for the changes occurring around them, potentially affecting their future.

Through an email interview with Mary Yan, clinical counsellor and family therapist, she provided insights about childhood anxieties. One of the approaches she personally uses to help understand children's emotional struggles is called Synergetic Play Therapy. Through the use of this therapy, Yan has been able to take a more thorough look at parents' roles, applying her methods and learnings to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Yan, “There are at least two things that trigger anxiety, or threaten the nervous system. The Unknowns (not knowing what’s going to happen) and Incongruence (what I see or am told do not match what I feel and sense in my body)." She emphasized how important it is for parents to help alleviate their children's uncertainties.

Yan advises that ensuring constant communication between parents and children is an essential part of improving wellbeing for everyone. It is an essential thing for parents to be appropriately truthful with their children about their thoughts and feelings. Moreover, parents can help their children see the deeper meaning behind the adjustments being made and talk about creative alternatives to enjoying activities and celebrating special occasions without physically meeting.

Yan also advised parents to establish routines for their children to provide a more stable structure in their daily lives, which in turn will boost their sense of control, decrease their feelings of uncertainty, and will ease their anxiety. Planning everyday tasks like family time, arts and crafts activities, mini sports competitions, and regularly checking in with each other are extremely beneficial.

She also notes that as parents, ”we can’t really tell children that they, their family members, or their friends will never get sick, but we can tell them that we can wash our hands more often when outside of the home, keep physical distance and keep ourselves healthy.” To ease fear and worry, parents can reassure their children that those who do get sick are looked after and cared for by families and doctors. They can provide moral strength and improve their children’s state of mind with reassuring statements.

Amidst the present circumstances, technology is a key resource that parents can utilize to help their kids celebrate social traditions and connect with their friends. Some educational institutions and groups of students have welcomed a new normal by continuing events online, with club activities, proms, and graduations being held virtually. Through FaceTime or Zoom, students are able to experience their proms and graduations in the safety of their homes. Parents can hold intimate homestyle graduation ceremonies and photoshoots as a gift for their children, while special interest clubs like drama, music, and dance can do their performances virtually.

Despite the shifts in our way of life due to Covid-19, it is inspiring to see how we all are continuing to learn and adapt in the face of adversity. Traditions like school celebrations and extra-curricular activities may change in structure, but they remain valuable and should not be forgotten. These events are moments that children keep in their hearts for a long time, and should be treated as such.

Author: Marielle Valmores

 


Gratitude for the Canadian Red Cross Society

Amidst the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an organization that has chosen to go above and beyond the call of duty to help individuals, cities, and even countries to persevere. The Canadian Red Cross Society (Red Cross) has been, and continues to face adversity and fear head-on, coordinating a strong team of staff and volunteers to help support Canada in a variety of ways, both big and small. 

The Red Cross mission is to “improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.” The Organization is built upon humanitarian values, including respect, inclusiveness, integrity, transparency, and accountability, to name a few. They pride themselves on the high level of quality and care that goes into their operations, as well as the strength of their generous donors and over 6000 volunteers. 

The Red Cross services include but are not limited to the areas of support for senior, emergency and disaster, community housing, migrant/refugee, aboriginal, nutrition and transportation, and violence, bullying, and abuse prevention. During the pandemic, the Red Cross has been working in partnership with the Canadian federal government and local municipalities to provide programs and services for vulnerable individuals and communities. Specifically, the Red Cross volunteers have been distributing food to those in need, providing comfort and care services to returning Canadians, making friendly calls to seniors and providing virtual care over the phone (Telephone Assurance Program), conducting door-to-door wellness checks, and delivering emergency relief services (Health Equipment Loan Program). 

The Red Cross has also been utilizing their resources to support other non-profit organizations across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations eligible for funding include those with activities focused on responding to the demand for vital goods and services, delivering vital services or programming as a result of new needs or losses, and supporting efforts to increase community awareness, information and education related to COVID-19. 

Build a Biz Kids (a.k.a. BizKids Practical Education Association) has been immensely fortunate in receiving grants this past year from the Red Cross. These grants have allowed us to provide over 1000 children across Canada, aged 6 to 13, with access to practical and engaging online education during a time when schools were closed and many households were experiencing high tension. Thanks to the grants, students were able to access 10 hours of live, two-way, interactive programming each week in areas such as coding, chess, business, graphic design, inventing, creative writing, drama, STEM, yoga, and more! 

In addition to educating children across Canada, Build a Biz Kids was also able to provide training and support to over 400 teachers, coaches, and other support workers whose duties have shifted online in order to connect with their clients and students. Courses, seminars, and workshops were provided for free to help them navigate these new methods of communication. 

With the assistance and generosity of the Red Cross, Build a Biz Kids and so many other non-profit organizations across Canada have been able to positively impact an inspiring number of individuals and communities through this trying situation. The Red Cross is a leading humanitarian organization, utilizing their resources and mobilizing their courageous employees and volunteers before, during, and after disaster occurs. They have and will continue to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Canada and all around the world. 

Build a Biz Kids is among those who have been touched by the generosity of the Red Cross, for which we are immensely grateful. On behalf of our entire organization, we thank you for your boundless and benevolent support through the COVID-19 pandemic; as well as in all the other situations in which your resources have made a significant difference to the lives of people in Canada and around the world. 

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Donate to the Red Cross Canadian Emergencies & COVID-19 Response Fund

 


The Story Behind Build a Biz Kids

How It All Began

Build a Biz Kids was co-founded by Leah Coss and Braden Ricketts using their values and beliefs as the foundation of the Company, their many ideas as the construction plan with an endless elevation, and their inspiration and drive as the mortar holding everything together.

In 2018, Coss was a Franchise Consultant and Ricketts was working with the YMCA doing career counseling, program development, and grant funding. Coss had recently made it her goal to be the best and most well-known franchise consultant in the world. To do this, she started scheduling meetings with a variety of CEOs to compile a database of information that could help her accomplish this goal.

After having conducted a few interviews, she spoke with a woman named Tressa Woods, Founder and CEO of Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs (YELL). YELL is an organization that offers hands-on learning for children through entrepreneurship programs. Not long after talking to Woods, Coss changed directions completely, deciding to launch her own licensed YELL program alongside Ricketts, registering themselves as a non-profit company under the name Biz Kids Practical Education Association, also known as Build a Biz Kids. The Company now develops their own practical education programs and hands-on learning curriculums for children aged 8-14.

 

Who We Are

Build a Biz Kids provides youth of all backgrounds with access to practical education that prepares them for a continuously evolving world. The Company mission is to prepare a new generation of forward-thinking youth to tackle whatever challenges the future may hold. Their practical education programs are designed to provide kids with hands-on learning experiences through real-world projects. They encourage the application and development of foundational soft skills that will remain relevant for a lifetime, such as critical thinking, resiliency, decision-making, leadership, adaptability, self awareness, communication, and collaboration.

One of the main goals of Build a Biz Kids is to push the boundary of traditional education. On a larger scale, the Company aims to transform the way humans are valued in society. This is accomplished through allowing kids to think differently, supporting the idea that one’s value should be based on the discovery and pursuit of their passions and fostering a lifelong learning mentality from an early age.

 

Advocacy

In addition to the practical education goals of Build a Biz Kids, the Company seeks to alleviate and eventually eliminate the societal challenge that is the “digital divide” – the gap between those who have access to computers and the internet and those who do not. The digital divide has been increasing alongside technological evolution, and the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused it to be exacerbated. This is because educational institutions, like many other industries, were forced to go completely virtual, leaving behind anyone without access to adequate technology and high-speed internet.

The efforts of Build a Biz Kids toward the reduction of the digital divide are being done by spreading awareness on social media, facilitating dialogues, and educating on the many ways in which people can get involved and contribute. The Company collects funds to purchase computers for donation, in addition to upcycling used computers that have been donated by organizations.

As an outcome of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, Build a Biz Kids launched BBK Network, an online learning platform operating under the same guiding principles and goals toward providing practical education for children. Unlike its non-profit sister brand, BBK Network is a benefit corporation social enterprise. A social enterprise aims to achieve social, cultural, community, and/or environmental outcomes through their operations. For each class of BBK Network students, one laptop is donated to a family in need, and one student in a BBK program receives subsidized tuition.

 

The Build a Biz Kids Team

It is a community effort that drives Build a Biz Kids forward. There is a volunteer army working behind the scenes and contributing to the Company mission utilizing their own expertise to reach new levels and goals. It is through the passion of the community, partners, and growing team that Build a Biz Kids has been able to see such incredible results in such a short amount of time.

The Company will continue to pursue their mission and vision, advocating for change and progressing in accordance with shifting environmental conditions and adversity, just as they encourage their students to do through their practical education programs. Coss, President of Build a Biz Kids, states that “There is no right answer, there are only better answers that evolve over time.” She believes that education systems should focus on developing incredible human beings, not just good calculators, and her values will always be the heart and soul of Build a Biz Kids. 


Hiring Part Time Spring Facilitators

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Seeking Part Time Facilitators For
Kid Entrepreneur Programming

 

Summary of Role

What if you could teach students, as young as 7, everything you wish you learned as a kid like financial literacy, communication, resiliency, critical thinking and more! Would it be exciting to see the students you teach grow in confidence right before your eyes as they start and launch their first business, earn real money and interact with the public?

Build a Biz Kids is a registered non profit society who teach kids, ages 7-12 yrs, entrepreneurship. We aim to develop and practice essential soft skills that are so critical to the world we live in today. This role will give you the opportunity to be their mentor and guide them through the world of KidPreneurship!

 

Your Role

As a Build a Biz Kids Facilitator, you are an incredible mentor in the Learning Lab and you ask more questions than you give answers. You thrive off watching the minds of kids turn as they develop their own opinions and ideas. You help to guide their learning and are able to follow a set lesson plan, while savvy enough to know when to pivot the “script” to reach the objectives in a way that will better connect with assorted learning styles.

Students have a fixed deadline to get ready for their Business Launch and you are excited to help get them there. You understand that perfection in business doesn’t exist and that there is no “right” answer. Watching kids “fail” are seen as new opportunities to ask different questions and drive their growth to new heights.

You desire to help kids feel empowered and develop their own independence rather than curate a dependency on requiring the “right” answer from authority figures.

 

We Have

  • A detailed, easy to follow 10 week program to walk you through each foundational process & objective to ensure students are ready to launch their businesses by Market Day
  • Tools and equipment required to run a successful program that fits into one accordion carrying case, provided.
  • Initial training program covering the curriculum, Growth Mindset communication with students and managing unique learning styles in the classroom
  • A Volunteer is available for larger classes

You Have

  • A coachable approach ready to implement critical components of the curriculum, while able to understand the objectives of each lesson and pivot as needed in your delivery to enhance the experience for individual learning styles in the Learning Lab.
  • Reliable transportation to get to each class up 15-30min prior to each class starting to set up and receive students
  • A laptop to connect to the TV’s in each Learning Lab to show short video content during class
  • A love of inspiring the next generation to take action on their ideas and giving them the space to be creative and make “mistakes”. You display patience, curiosity and flexibility
  • Willing to, or already have, a valid Criminal Record Check for Working with Vulnerable Adults & Children
  • Are able to commit to an entire 10 week program (1.5-3hours/week) with the option to continue Facilitating for multiple semesters. Participation on Market Day where students launch their businesses is also requested (5 hours on one Saturday)

 

Position Details

Locations – Seeking Facilitators in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri Cities and Maple Ridge

Time Commitments – Programs start in April 2020 and are 10 consecutive weeks long.
Depending on the location and registration, 1.5 – 2.75 hours once a week between 3:30pm – 6:30pm.
If desired, we would love for you to teach 2-3x a week, 2-3 programs for 10 weeks.
A prescheduled Market Day on a Saturday is also requested by Facilitators so you can support your students in their businesses launch.

For more information on the exact venues and programs we seek facilitators for, please view our Spring Program Schedule online here
https://buildabizkids.com/after-school-schedule

 

Compensation

As our Facilitators work committing semester to semester, we hire Facilitators as Independent Contractors.

For Single Classes (1.5hours) once a week for 10 weeks (total of 15 hours), plus Market Day = $500
$45 a class plus $100 for Market Day

For Back to Back Classes (location dependent, 2.75 hours) once a week for 10 weeks (total of 27.5hours), plus Market Day = $850
$75 a class day plus $100 for Market Day

 

Optional Volunteer Participation

We are also seeking Assistant Volunteer Facilitators to help Lead Facilitators run the programs in a supportive role. This includes keeps students on task, providing extra support to those requiring it, and taking pictures and video of the students as they work, learn and succeed.

Visit http://BuildaBizKids.com for more information on our programs and non profit society
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2020 BBK Experience Calendar!

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Can you believe that it is already the year 2020?! 

The Build a Biz Kids Team have been busy and we can't wait to introduce you to events this year that will help your child learn and develop so many essential soft skills, earn some extra spending money, introducing them to new experiences, all while teaching them about independence, responsibility and financial literacy. Kids are capable of so much AWSOME and we can't wait to let them show it off!

We have an events and opportunities list that is growing and growing but here is what you can expect so far! If you would like any information about any of the specific events, stay tuned as they are announced, or reply to this email. Some events require applications or tickets, some will have limited space and some are complete open! 

We hope to see you a LOT this  year! 
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Perspective Developing Events

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Dragon's Den is pretty great but have you ever wondered how those Entrepreneurs got to be so good at their Business Pitch?

Join us as we attend Volition Advisors Practice Pitch Nights! Watch as Real Entrepreneurs deliver their business pitch and gain valuable feedback from the judges.

RSVP: Required by Email Once Event is Posted
Frequency: Multiple Events a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Location: Vancouver, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Education, Empathy, Business Communication, Public Speaking
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Do You love watching a great TEDtalk? Then you will love Get Inspired. From the Executive Producer of TEDxStanelyPark, Get Inspired Talks is where speakers offer fresh solutions to humanities pressing problems. 

Tickets will go on sale soon! Build a Biz Kids will have a special discount.

RSVP: Tickets are Purchased, Coupon Code Available
Frequency: Twice a year
Next Event: May 23rd, 2020
Location: Vancouver, BC
Valuable Takeaways: New Perspective, Education, Inspiration, Empathy, Public Speaking
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A Hero's Journey is a tough one when youa re in it, but WOW, does it ever make for a great story! Start Up Vancouver hosts Entrepreneur stories from the CEO's & Founders themselves.

The ups, the downs, the tough decisions. This is the real world of an Entrepreneur and they wouldn't have it any other way.

RSVP: RSVP Required by Email Once Event is Posted
Frequency: Mulitple Events a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Locations: Vancouver, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Education, Empathy, Business Concepts, Public Speaking
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Incredible Skill Development Opportunities

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We have so many exciting events coming up this summer and we are looking for BBK Ambassadors to help us Inspire more kids while getting out important messages!

Auditions will be held to find clear & confident communicators who would like to be our spokesperson for our BBK Takeover! Be "On the Scene" & post to our social media to share what's happening & create Excitement.

Auditions will be scheduled soon so stay tuned for more information!

RSVP: Audition Appointment Required
Frequency: Twice a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Location: LowerMainland, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Confidence, Communication, Persuasion, Public Speaking
Contact: Email info@buildabizkids.com
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2nd Annual BBK & Ruben's Shoe's Takeover!!

We are holding auditions to find a team of enthusiastic Ambassadors to host our Social Media Takeover again! Auditions will be scheduled soon so stay tuned! We can't wait to see what engaging content these Kid Commentators come up with this time!

RSVP: Audition Appoiontment Required
Frequency: Once a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Location: Tri Cities, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Confidence, Communication, Persuasion, Public Speaking
Contact: info@buildabizkids.com
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Have you ever imagined being on a stage, sharing your story and inspiring millions? Well you might just get your chance! TEDxYouth is in the works and details will come. The actual TEDxYouth event wont be until 2021 but auditions will be in 2020. 

Details to come, stay tuned!

RSVP: Audition Appointment Required
Frequency: Once a year
Next Event: TBA Soon, Stay Tuned
Locations: Tri Cities, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Public Speaking, Communication, Persuasion, Body Language, Confidence & more!
Contact: Stay Tuned!
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SPRING is Here!! And with it comes our next KidPreneur Programs! We can't wait to see what unique and fun businesses students come up with this year.

We have even more locations this year and registration is already in fun swing! Register Today to ensure your child is ready to go for April.

RSVP: Registration online
Frequency: Once a year
Next Program: April, 2020
Location: North Van, West Van, DT Van, Burnaby, Port Moody, Maple Ridge
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Business Concepts, Financial Literacy, Critical Thinking, Communication, and so much more!!
Website: View Our Schedule & Register Here
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Fun in the Sun & Life Skills Education all mixed into one! What better way to spend your summer than by starting businesses, inventing one of a kind prototypes, and so much more!

Registration is Open! All camp locations will be posted by April, 2020.

RSVP: Registration Online
Frequency: 8 Weeks of Assorted Camps
Next Event: July & August, 2020
Location: North Van, West Van, Burnaby, Van, PoCo, Maple Ridge (coming soon)
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Business Concepts, Financial Literacy, Critical Thinking, Communication, and so much
Website: View Our Schedule & Register Online Here
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With the Holiday Season of giving around the corner, what could be a better time to start your first business!?! KidPreneurs in this program work step by step to start and launch thier first business! 

Real Kids, Real Customers, Real Money, Real Life Experience & Memories to Last a Lifetime!

RSVP: Registration online
Frequency: Once a year
Next Program: September, 2020
Location: North Van, West Van, DT Van, Burnaby, Port Moody, Maple Ridge
Valuable Takeaways: Perspective, Business Concepts, Financial Literacy, Critical Thinking, Communication, and so much more!!
Website: View our Schedule & Register Here
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Great Experience & Family Fun 

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This is one of the MOST Fun events of the year for the Whole Family! Ruben's Ruckus is like Tough Mudder for Kids. This 3k Obstacle Course will test their endurance and challenge their fears.

All funds raised to towards Ruben's Shoes who builds schools in the Dominican Republic.

RSVP: Tickets for Entry to Race, Free for Spectators
Frequency: One a Year
Next Event: May 9, 2020
Location: Coquitlam, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Resilience, Tenacity, Teamwork, Physical Excercise, Supporting Community Through Fundraising
Website: https://www.rubensruckus.com/
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Build a Biz Kids will be supporting the Port Moody Rotary again this year at Ribfest and we will be on the lookout for some great BBK Representatives to help us out! 

Funds raised will go towards the Port Moody Rotary who contribute to great causes all over the world. 

RSVP: Entry by Donation
Frequency: Once a year
Next Event: TBA, 2020
Location: Port Moody, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Confidence Building, Helping Others, Sales, Public Speaking
Website: http://www.portmoodyribfest.ca/
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If you are looking for an opportunity to continue building your business while stepping up your game, then Bratz Biz is the place for you. This Kids Market Day is held in Whistler just in time for Xmas Giving. 

Apply early for this one! It's very competative and will surely help you sharpen your skills. 

RSVP: Application Online
Frequency: Once a Year
Next Event: TBA, Winter 2020
Locations: Whistler, BC
Valuable Takeaways: Financial Literacy, Sales, Communication, Customer Service, Critical Thinking, and more!
Website: https://bratzbiz.ca/
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Guest Bloggers, Partnerships & More!

In the last year, Build a Biz Kids has gained incredible support and met some incredible people who are all in alignment with our values and mission for BBK. We truly believe that we can all run faster, father and do more when we put our heads together and all bring our greatest strengths to the table.

Some of our partners are so incredible that we have asked the to participate directly with us, and you, by contributing regular guest blogs and insights into their worlds. These guest bloggers range from incredible societies who are doing Positive, GREAT things all over the world, such as Desiree from Ruben's Shoes, to employers from top brands and companies who are growing quickly but need applicants to have Business Ready, Practical Skills in order to be able to hit the ground running, such as YESA.

We hope that their insight and unique perspectives will bring additional value to you as a parent, as a member of this great world, and as someone who wants to increase their own knowledge and have it rub off on everyone you encounter.

Stay Tuned! Our guest blogs are coming soon!


Our Box of Good News

This last News Years our family started a new tradition. It was something you may have seen on Pintrest or other idea boards. It’s the Jar of Good News!

For those of you unfamiliar, this is a jar where you place your happy moments and accomplishments that you experience throughout your year and then on New Years Eve, you go through them one by one to reflect & relive those moments all over again. Neat right?

Here’s the thing. Last year we did pretty good with writing down our memorable moments. We had lots to celebrate! Build a Biz Kids launched and took off, our 9 year old (at the time) got to check his BIGGEST DREAM off of his bucket list (to drive a go cart all by himself) and overall, it was a great year. We even squeezed in moments of gratitude for each other when the other wasn’t looking. A few times I teared up reading little notes with moments of impact that I had on my partner that I didn’t know had happened. Sometimes you don’t realize what a positive impact you have had on someone unless they tell you.

We loved this “tradition” and wanted to do it again this year.

However….

We haven’t continued. Why? I really have no idea. Maybe the box isn’t staring at us in the face as easily (things get a little messy at times and the box get’s covered or moved). We have certainly had a LOT of incredible moments that we would love to celebrate more. But, as the days, weeks and now months go on, nothing. Zip, Zero, Zilch.

I am already sad to think that next New Years won’t be as full of awesome memories, but something more terrifying actually came up for me when I realized how these happy moments were passing us by. If we aren’t even willing to right a tiny little note and place it in a jar while we are on a HIGH from excitement, then when are we making the time to take pause and appreciate our accomplishments? For ourselves? For our kids?

Our son worked SOOO hard to make it into Majors with baseball and he made it! He not only made it, he has struck out multiple players in pitching, gotten a double plays, and now he is working towards All Stars. Since games are back to back, these incredible accomplishments are just disappearing on us. Sure, as the year goes on, he will do these incredible plays more and more. But if we don’t reflect on where he started, how will he ever appreciate where his hard work has gotten him?

And us?! Well, of course we are even worse. Build a Biz Kids is growing from just a few cities, to nearly the entire Lower Mainland in September. Our students who have graduated have gone on to do even more great things and be a part of some pretty cool, impactful opportunities. The charitable funds we have been able to raise and give to charities continues to grow, but if it weren’t for this blog, who knows when we would really “make the time” to sit down, reflect, celebrate and appreciate our hard work and what it has brought to our lives and so many others.

So, needless to say, after this post I will be writing down a lot of little notes to place in a box but what about you? Are you letting life pass you by without stopping to give yourself appreciation? Reflecting on your growth and what is working and what is not? What are you demonstrating for your kids about working hard for pleasure, not pain & exhaustion?

Take a moment tonight when you tuck your kids in and ask them what they worked hard on today. Ask them what they want to accomplish tomorrow. Help them feel those positive tingles of accomplishment, while connecting the hard work that got them there.


Coming to a City Near You!

Build a Biz Kids is Growing!

That's right! We are expanding from 3 cities to 10 this fall! If you live anywhere in the lower mainland from Maple Ridge to West Vancouver, we will have a venue convenient for you and your KidPreneur this fall, 2019!

Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing each cities dates & venues and opening up registration.

Stay Tuned and get ready! Your KidPreneur is going to amaze you with what they are capable of this Fall!

 

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What About After Their Business Program?

We are so excited to meet & work with each and every child who enters into a Build a Biz Kids Program, but we are EVEN MORE excited to see what they go on to do afterwards!

Our mission is to help students learn the critical skills required to take action on their ideas while helping them develop empathy for the world around them. Our programs do not just teach theory, but practice Action! But practice in learning lab can only go so far. We need our students to identify opportunities outside of our program and in their real lives. That's practice; that is putting in their 10,000 hours to mastery.

Every graduate, & their parents from one of our programs, is invited to a very special Facebook Group that focuses on future development. Our students have been notified of additional opportunities to run their businesses throughout their communities. They have also been invited to additional education events and so much more!

In just the last week, our students have been able to participate in 2 incredible opportunities. Last weekend, our students set up shop and joined in a Real Adult Handmade Market through the Tri Cities Collective! That's right! They got to set up their businesses right next to adults who do this kind of thing all the time to make profit and provide for their families. That is real world experience that they will reflect on for years.

But my most favorite activity our students were invited to was a Pitch Competition hosted by SingularityU & I-onConnect. That's right, a real live Dragons Den where 5 finalists got to pitch their businesses to a panel of 6 judges and the winner walked away with $40k and support to make their business really take off. For a KidPreneur of 10 or 11 to get to watch something like that was incredible to see. It was some high tech content, in some cases, and big picture ideas, but they all "got it". They not only got it, they asked great follow up questions, had their own opinions based on what they heard, and overall, kept remarking how exciting it all was.

Kids, and people in general, only know that which they are exposed to. In just 1 week, Build a Biz Kids Students were able to rub shoulders running their businesses alongside as equals to adults who have been doing it for years. They were able to learn from these veterans on what works and how they can improve. They were also given the "thumbs up" from the winner of the pitch competition and told that they could do this too. That they could have an idea, learn how to make a great pitch, and that others who believe in what you believe will help you make it a reality.

All in all, this week has been a busy one, but full of momentous moments that will surely stick with these lucky students for years to come and shape the many spectacular things they do.

We invite you and your children to become a part of our alumni. Expose them to all that is possible in the world. Show them what you wish you were shown as a child. Give them the opportunity to learn the skills, that took us 10 and 20 years to learn, now.

Summer camps are open for registration online. Our fall KidPreneur Programs will be opening for registration soon. Be sure to like us on Facebook & Sign Up for our Newsletter so you wont miss any of these great opportunities.

We look forward to meeting you and your KidPreneur soon!