high school students win National
national winning presentation team members were:
Noé Barrera, Priya Malik, Anh Nguyen.
overview/summary of the American Enterprise Project follows:
enter high school hoping to learn what it takes to be successful in life
and achieve the American Dream. Robert
E. Lee FBLA felt that success can be obtained in any field by having a
solid foundation in business, finance, and technology and created 22
PowerPoint lessons to teach these skills. Our American Enterprise Project
also benefited the business community by providing skilled, knowledgeable
potential employees. As the
project progressed, we discovered that many students had a language
barrier taking our project in a new direction.
125 Lee FBLA members – 55 of whom were multilingual helped to plan,
create, translate, and present the 6 business, 6 finance, and 10
technology lessons. Four
different classroom arrangements and schedules were created.
For most a main speaker stood at the front guiding the class in
English, pausing between slides to let the translators help if needed.
Using the students native languages allowed them to learn more effectively
and quickly added a diverse, multilingual component for the business
community’s potential talent pool. Participants
were given the lessons on CD’s allowing the information to be shared
with their families and communities.
the Principal’s Community Advisory Council which is comprised of area
business and community leaders was so impressed that they thought we
should share the process. Lee
FBLA created a How-to booklet with CD’s for the English for Speaker’s
of Other Languages Transitional High School’s Career Fair so that other
schools could help their communities as well.
survey results showed that 98% felt that they benefited from the lessons
and that this program should continue.
Also, 68% said that they would use their new skills to try to
obtain a job. We accomplished
all of our goals and a few new ones that came along. The students have the
skills for their American Dream and the business communities have diverse,
multilingual talent which opens the door for growth into new communities.
as the founders are grateful for the opportunity to serve our community.
Lee FBLA would
like to thank their business sponsors: Apple Federal Credit Union,
Lockheed Martin, Lee PTSA, Lee Alumni and Friends, Silver Diner,
Bertucci’s, Wash Fair, Bob Evans, Milano’s Pizzeria, Cinnabon, and
Family Hair Fashion; and their individual sponsors:
Mary Chatlier and Lynnette Lowimore.