Education

Giving students a “CEOpportunity” for success

By June 10, 2016 No Comments

On May 13, Verve teamed up with Neenah High School’s Project-Based Learning (PBL) class to give students the chance to hear from three local execs about what it takes to lead a business.

On May 13, Verve teamed up with Neenah High School’s Project-Based Learning (PBL) class to give students the chance to hear from three local execs about what it takes to lead a business. The three seasoned CEOS on the panel, including Kevin J. Ralofsky of Verve, Patti Purcell of Writing by Design LLC and John Ernst of Launch Wisconsin, shared their stories and fielded students’ questions. Both students and their family members attended this unique opportunity for students to engage with real-world leaders while on the road to success.

Creating a place for financial literacy.

Neenah High School’s innovative PBL class is a rigorous, personalized learning opportunity in which the students play active, self-directed, passion-driven roles in their own education. As a class highlight of the past year, students fostered the development of deep research, leadership, rhetoric, public speaking and persuasion skills by participating in a mock trial at the Oshkosh courthouse. PBL also empowered students to use their genius hours to explore their own passions with a focus on research, leadership, volunteerism, creativity, complex problem solving, collaboration and public speaking.

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, Verve partnered with the PBL class to help students build the financial skills they’ll need as future leaders. Verve brought its in-house experts to the classroom to discuss topics like building credit scores and filling out applications properly, and we conducted mock interviews to help students prepare for the workforce.

Creating opportunities for financial education is so important because it empowers community members to make career choices and financial decisions with greater confidence. In fact, Education is one of the 7 Cooperative Principles that guide the work of cooperatives like Verve, and it’s the very foundation of Verve’s partnership with the PBL class, made up of young adults working to create a thriving financial future for themselves and their communities.