We hear from YES Delivery Officer Mark about his time at Hillpark Secondary.
Since the schools returned after the summer break, I have had the privilege of working with a group of young people from the southside of Glasgow who attend Hillpark Secondary School. The group I have been working with are pupils in S3 who are aged 14.
The young people have been selected to attend the programme as a way of having a different approach to their learning in school, as sometime a formal direct approach didn’t really work for them.
The programme the young people participated in is the YES Programme. The Yes Programme challenges you to set up a mini enterprise business which focuses on a learn by doing approach. The group are encouraged to come up with a business idea, market it and then hopefully sell the product they have selected. Before we get to the selling stage the young people have to go through several stages of the programme including;
As this was a new concept for the young people the main focus at the start of the group was to work on team building skills with myself; these guys didn’t know me or I them so before we could move forward as a company we had to get to know each other and build up a unit of trust because if we want to make the programme successful we need to know that we all are onboard with it.
So 'Hillpark Troopz” was formed and the business idea was launched. As the group was running until Christmas their idea was to sell items based around Christmas; cards and decorations for example. After completing a market research survey there wasn’t a need for these items in the school so they went back to the drawing board and came up with a cupcake and cookie business. Market research showed that these items were in high demand, they also took onboard what their potential customers needs were through the feedback and decided as a team to include soft drinks in their business.
To make sure that their business was going to be a success the young people decided to have a presale, this was highly successful and they sold out all of their stock in the 15min time slot making a profit of £34.
This gave the group a great start to work on their Dragons Den Presentation and it also gave them a starting budget which cut down on the startup loan amount they were looking for from the Dragons. After a great presentation the group were successful in securing their startup loan which was repaid in full one week later.
The group had their sales event before the school holidays, this ran for three days at break time which is only 15mins. So for three days working for 15 mins a day the group repaid their loan in full and made a profit of £ 138.50, with half of that going as a donation to their chosen charity 'Mary`s Meals”.
This has been a great success for the young people and I can see the growth and personal development which they have achieved through working on this programme. This has been evident with the comments made to the HMI inspector who recently attended one of the lessons to speak to the young people.
'When we first started I wasn’t confident talking to adults incase they thought I was daft…. After doing my Dragons Den Presentation I feel I can talk to anyone and not shy away.” David S 14
'If all classes were taught the way we have at our YES programme, more of us would want to go to school and learn.” David W 14
'It gave us a good understanding of business…. We never had a clue about anything like that before we started.” Mark 14
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