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For most kid’s, school holidays is a time to forget about schoolwork and enjoy the sleep-ins and electronic devices.
But for other kids it’s about learning life skills and becoming more knowledgeable with what the world as to offer once they complete the formal years of schooling.
Maker2Market taster program is a fun, three–day school holiday program that builds business and life skills and the crucial entrepreneurial mindset in 10-17-year-olds.
Participants take a deep dive into a full business cycle exploring what it’s like to create a business and products from scratch and sell to real customers at the Old Bus Depot Markets.
Program founder and director of Edii, Charuni Weerasooriya says “We believe that young people exposed to real-world experiential learning makes for fun learning and deeper understanding that sticks. Teens love the program and so do parents – they recognise that entrepreneurial mindset, critical thinking and being able to execute an idea to action are key skills that young people need going forward”.
Charity Grano’s daughter Ruth has done the program twice and loves it.
“Ruth makes a few different things, her main things are cute little key chains and pencil toppers and backpacks charms for kids…She is definitely more interested in the real work experience than anything she has learnt at school,” says Charity.
“Ruth is always into money. Any chance that she gets to start a business or make money she will do it. She has a bunch of ideas notebooks and in there she has pages of ways to make money as well as different business ideas.”
The average teenager makes roughly around $190 at each market day and the program has a 20 per cent return rate of participants keen to test their products, skills and/or expand their business experience, says Charuni.
“We hope with time, exposure and skills they continue to find their sweet spot and consider a business instead of traditionally getting a part-time or full-time job,” she says.
Edii also offer participants the opportunity to keep coming back to the markets via ‘pick your path’ so they can keep doing what they love while making some pocket money and getting real business experience.
What: Maker2Market school holiday program
When: Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April from 9:30 am – 4 pm. Students will then sell their product on Sunday 28 April at the Old Bus Depot Markets
Where: Griffith Hall, Stuart Street, Griffith
For more information go to edii.com.au