Leadership Program – Fall

NEW** This Fall: Young Entrepreneurs Program (Grades 3-5) in Saratoga and  Los Altos

The program will teach the basics of starting and managing a business using the exciting environment of a LEGO model city. Against the backdrop of a dynamic LEGO model city, the kids will get a unique opportunity to augment its urban development by launching their own businesses. Each child will design, build, budget and manage a business of their choice. Inspired by the TV Show, Shark Tank, the kids will start with a light bulb idea, develop prototypes, write a business plan and present it to a ‘panel of investors.’

In this context, we will discuss economic concepts such as budgets, loans, profits and overhead, as our Young Entrepreneurs will use their ingenuity and acumen to make their businesses appealing to customers and investors, resulting in successful, profitable ventures. In addition, occasionally they will serve on a citywide city council to talk about the macro business environment of the city, specifically the issues, laws and policies that would potentially affect their businesses.

In line with the Kidizens philosophy, the Young Entrepreneurs would embark upon a guided discovery of real world business lessons and strategies while building 21st century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, written communication, public speaking and of course leadership.

Overview:

  • Highly interactive 14-week session; Students attend one session a week
  • Ages 8-11 (Flexible – dictated by students’ maturity levels)
  • The kids will start with a light bulb idea, develop prototypes, write a business plan and present their business plans to an ‘investor panel’
Location: Saratoga/Cupertino
Day/Time:
Thursday Afternoons: 3:30 PM to 6:00PM
Location:Los Altos/Palo Alto
Day/Time:
Friday Afternoons: 3:30 PM to 6:00PM
Dates: Session starts on Sep 11 (Thursday) in Saratoga and 12th (Friday) in Los Altos, 2014 and ends on Dec 19th, 2014. No Class during the Thanksgiving week. A couple of field trips to local businesses will be organized during the class sessions.
Pricing: See our Pricing Page for more details  

Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program (Grades 5-8)

The Kidizens Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program offers a higher level of challenge and learning to 5th- 8th graders as well as our graduating “kidizens” who have completed our Kidizens and Young Senators programs.  The program offers students an opportunity to build upon their basic knowledge of social studies, civics and economics, acquired previously through school, other programs or in our regular Kidizens or Young Senators programs. It is a real-life journey that further enhances their understanding of many civic and economic concepts, such as government, economy, geography, the environment, and much more. In line with the Kidizens philosophy, the Young Leaders embark upon a guided discovery of real world lessons and strategies while building critical skills such as teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, written communication, public speaking and of course leadership.

In our Fall program, students work in pairs to create a model LEGO city in a competitive league-like environment. Each week their city will compete against those of their fellow students in achieving the highest scores in categories including Citizen Happiness, City Finances, Environmental Health, Law and Order, Education and Literacy. In addition, while, the Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs compete and cooperate with each other in the rigors of the Kidizens Leadership League, they must also perform online research and write reports on urban issues (many of them picked from South Bay and Peninsula cities and real city-council agenda items), such as water filtration, road signs, bike lanes, business zoning, recycling and much more. They will even conduct interviews with real city council members and local government officials to further their research.  All the while, they will receive urban history lessons from the Kidizens staff to further their knowledge and conceptual understanding and allow them to be better city officials, mayors and leaders. Altogether, it’s an exciting, fast-paced environment that simulates real-life political competition and compels LEGO lovers to actively engage in a civics- and economics-focused curriculum.

During the fall session our students study the macro environment of a city and its related issues.  The students will design a model city with LEGOs, often creating replicas of actual buildings and sections of a city from real life. With each week, the student mayors and leaders will receive weekly feedback from an esteemed “Panel of Judges” who will distribute reports indicating their relative ratings in each category.

Students will research real-world issues that relate to their cities such as pollution, traffic congestion, environmental issues and tax distribution. The kidizens will also consider inter-city issues that relate to borders, trade and economics.  Students will eventually present their model city and plans for urban success to a panel of esteemed members of the community, including local public officials.

 

Overview:

  • Highly interactive 14-week session
  • Students attend one session a week
  • Ages 10-14 (Flexible – dictated by students’ maturity levels)
  • Students study the macro environment of a city and its related issues and then will design a (macro-economically) model city with LEGOs. They will research real-world issues that relate to their cities such as finances, traffic congestion, environmental issues, business laws and tax distribution. Students will get ranked on key economic matrices every week and eventually present their model city and plans for urban success to a panel of esteemed members of the community, including local public officials.
Los Altos/ Palo Alto Location
Day/Time:
Thursday Morning: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Monday Afternoons 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Dates: Session starts on Sep 4th, 2014
Pricing: See our Pricing Page for more details 

 

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