Molalla FBLA members take a hands-on approach to teaching Molalla River Middle School students about entrepreneurship

SUBMITTED PHOTO: SHELBY HELMIG - Molalla FBLA members visited the middle school to promote entrepreneurship in March.As part of their American Enterprise Project, Molalla High School FBLA members visited the middle school last month to mentor younger students on the subject of entrepreneurship and to provide an opportunity to put it into practice.

FBLA members first shared a video featuring several famous entrepreneurs, such as Oprah Winfrey and the teenage CEO of Mo's Bows, Moziah Bridges, who, according to Business Insider, last year signed a seven-figure deal with the NBA to produce bow ties for all 30 professional basketball teams.

After the video, Cole Bauge and Gavin Barrett taught a lesson, encouraging Molalla River Middle School students that entrepreneurship can start at any age.

Then FBLA members engaged the middle-schoolers in an entrepreneurship project contest. They split the students into groups, led by FBLA members, to brainstorm a product they would like to create for the "student store." They had to create a blueprint of the product including potential partners, costs, items needed for production and more. Finally, the students put together an informational poster about their product.

"I thought it was fun for them and for us," said FBLA Chapter Reporter Shelby Helmig. "By the end, I was even getting really competitive and cheering on my teams. These kids are a lot smarter and more creative than they like to believe. I would love to do something like this again in the future."

After each group presented their product, FBLA members and Adviser Corri Ellis chose winners whose products were most creative and realistic. The prize: candy, of course.

"It was cool seeing all the different inventions, and it was cool seeing how excited they got when they won," said FBLA Chapter President Kaeley Lumb.

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