The year-end meal was much like the year itself: Try new things, share stories and food, and laugh.
As the “Tech + Entrepreneurship” class got together for a last hurrah before going our separate ways, the mood was jovial but bittersweet. This group has gelled over the school year like every manager and coach wants. These seniors cite the reasons for that being the variety of personalities, skill sets, and most of all, the willingness to take risks with the expectation they will be supported, not ridiculed. This is a trust-based class. The trust proportionately increases as we clarify and align our goals, then endure hardship as teammates. Several of the group are varsity athletes going on to play at the college level and have experienced this “Team Chemistry” phenomenon, and now all of them have tasted the bitter sweetness of its closure.
The Year in Numbers
- 15 – percent of our budget allocated to scholarships (from end-of-year net)
- 15,800 – pictures scanned
- 6.5 – websites completed (one client closed shop halfway)
- 5 – presentations delivered with students at conferences and events
- 1 – number of students that attended Tech + Entrepreneurship class but was not in the class.
It was the first “official” year for Grit9, as the 2016-17 year was “building the plane as we fly it”, integrating Grit9 projects into classes obscure as Game Design (“We’re uhhh, making a website so we know how to make a website for our game.”).
Fall (Aug-Nov 2017) – Adjustment period
This was the first time Grit9 had dedicated class time to operate, in a course called “Tech + Entrepreneurship”. We had an intriguing task in front of us – succeed at running a web design business. To do that, we looked at:
- Q1: What is “success”? Money? Number of clients? Lessons learned?
- Q2: What will guide our decision making on “What do we do now?”
What the students and I came up with:
- A1: Success is answering “yes” to “Did you make and feel a positive impact?”
- A2: Our Business Model Canvas
Defining roles and responsibilities for officers. Formalizing contracts for clients, Determining interest areas for product specialization.
(post is in process, 6-22-18)
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