Workshop a creative kickstart to YES 2019

KICKSTART WORKSHOP: Gisborne Girls’ High School students Kaitlyn Pearse (left) and Jessica Dungan run through some business ideas with Penny Clarke (second from left) and Christine Bevan-Hutana at the first YES workshop of the year held at The Mind Lab in Gisborne. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A gathering of budding young business people got their creative juices flowing this week at the first Young Enterprise Scheme workshop of the year.

Students from Gisborne and Opotiki teamed with business mentors at the introductory session run by YES Trust chief executive Terry Shubkin and held at The Mind Lab.

It was the perfect opportunity for students to think of potential products and services, she said.

“It might start with a product or service that is related to something they are passionate about, and then they have to ask if people would pay money for it.”

The next step is to set up companies and test the products.

There was flexibility, said Ms Shubkin. If a product or service did not pass a viability test, they could come up with something different.

YES is delivered in partnership with Gisborne Chamber of Commerce, which connects students with mentors to work with throughout the year.

Participants can also earn NCEA credits, and this year has seen the introduction of micro-credentials, which are skills-based credits. These go on students’ records of learning.

It was great for students to have YES on their CVs as it was attractive to future potential employers, said Ms Shubkin.

Students from Gisborne Girls’ High, Gisborne Boys’ High, Lytton High and Opotiki College attended the kickstart workshop.

YES regional co-ordinator Lena Bevan said student teams were buzzing by the end of the workshop while business coaches expressed how inspired they felt listening to their ideas during a validation session.

Careers consultant and former Gisborne Girls’ High teacher Penny Clarke said the workshop was brilliant, well-organised and hugely inspirational.

“How refreshing to meet such a great bunch of students who were so willing to share their exciting ideas.

“Our young students are very creative and talented. The YES programme is an amazing way of promoting our creative, business entrepreneurs and our future leaders.”

Students have until March 22 to formally sign up to YES for 2019.

By the end of the term they must complete a product prototype and take it to market for the first challenge deadline in April.

Ms Bevan was grateful to the coaches for giving their time and energy, and to Eastland Community Trust for continuing to support the YES programme.

A gathering of budding young business people got their creative juices flowing this week at the first Young Enterprise Scheme workshop of the year.

Students from Gisborne and Opotiki teamed with business mentors at the introductory session run by YES Trust chief executive Terry Shubkin and held at The Mind Lab.

It was the perfect opportunity for students to think of potential products and services, she said.

“It might start with a product or service that is related to something they are passionate about, and then they have to ask if people would pay money for it.”

The next step is to set up companies and test the products.

There was flexibility, said Ms Shubkin. If a product or service did not pass a viability test, they could come up with something different.

YES is delivered in partnership with Gisborne Chamber of Commerce, which connects students with mentors to work with throughout the year.

Participants can also earn NCEA credits, and this year has seen the introduction of micro-credentials, which are skills-based credits. These go on students’ records of learning.

It was great for students to have YES on their CVs as it was attractive to future potential employers, said Ms Shubkin.

Students from Gisborne Girls’ High, Gisborne Boys’ High, Lytton High and Opotiki College attended the kickstart workshop.

YES regional co-ordinator Lena Bevan said student teams were buzzing by the end of the workshop while business coaches expressed how inspired they felt listening to their ideas during a validation session.

Careers consultant and former Gisborne Girls’ High teacher Penny Clarke said the workshop was brilliant, well-organised and hugely inspirational.

“How refreshing to meet such a great bunch of students who were so willing to share their exciting ideas.

“Our young students are very creative and talented. The YES programme is an amazing way of promoting our creative, business entrepreneurs and our future leaders.”

Students have until March 22 to formally sign up to YES for 2019.

By the end of the term they must complete a product prototype and take it to market for the first challenge deadline in April.

Ms Bevan was grateful to the coaches for giving their time and energy, and to Eastland Community Trust for continuing to support the YES programme.

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