YES grew out of an initiative started by the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce back in the late 1970s and aims to inspire young people to discover their potential in business and in life.
Our first events for 2021 will be - the Kickstart I Timata sessions, one in Marlborough on Wednesday 24 February and in Nelson on Thursday 4 March.
In 2020 75 local business people volunteered their time to coach 310 college students for the two KickStart sessions. Coaches tell us they were impressed with some of the students ideas and that they personally found the whole experience enjoyable and interesting.
Being involved with this event is a one off commitment of just 2 hours, this is a speed coach session where coaches listen to students' business ideas and provide helpful, honest feedback.
There are other ways to help out throughout the year long program. We need advisors, judges, sponsors and business mentors.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A YES COMPANY MENTOR
To meet with a YES student company fortnightly over 3 terms, (for around two hours or whatever is agreed on)
Advise, support and guide the students.
Many YES students will have little or no previous business knowledge before participating in the programme. Through your own knowledge and personal experience, you will guide the students through the business process and ensure they remain motivated and on task. While this can be a seven-month commitment, meeting times will vary depending on schedules and the time of year. Previous mentors and students say that meeting once a fortnight worked well for them, although this may be weekly at the start of the programme. Your involvement with the students brings this programme to life and transforms it from a class-based project into a real-world experience. The biggest asset is your experience so don’t be afraid to use this to challenge the students’ thinking.
Requirements of a YES company mentor
• Engage and challenge the students to help them make sound decisions
• Express business strategies and processes in a way that students can understand
• Act as a sounding board for the YES company
• Provide practical advice on product development, marketing etc, or help to find expertise
• Be available for the students to contact with questions
• Be able to work at the students’ pace
In October 2020 the top four scoring teams competed at the regional final pitch in front of a panel of judges, the finalists were;
Attyr – Nayland College - sandals made from recycled tyres
Knotted – Nelson College for Girls – recycled fabric headwear and masks
Pathways to Primary – Waimea College – a card game to raise awareness of jobs in primary industries
Natures Hands – Marlborough Girls College – serving boards made from recycled wood
Regional Winners 2020!! Pathways to Primary from Waimea College
The success of the YES program is reliant on the involvement of the local business community.
If you would like to know more about how you could support this valuable scheme contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 682 237
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