Our Social Enterprise Program at Stanford University is one of the most exciting and innovative programs that Summerfuel offers, but what exactly IS Social Enterprise?
A Social Enterprise is an organization or initiative that marries the social mission of a non-profit or government program with the market-driven approach of a business, the goal being to solve a social issue for a specific group of people.
Social Enterprise is on the rise as people want change in the world and want to make a difference with what they do every day, in their jobs, in the products and services they buy, in where and how they get their energy, and more.
Despite progress, there are still big issues to be fixed in the world – from poverty and inequality, to climate change and access to basic goods and services. All of these complex problems require creative and sustainable solutions in order to make real progress – and this is where Social Enterprise comes in.
The day that we have all been waiting for is here. It is time for the kids to finally pitch their business plans. We started out our day in the morning where everyone met at the house buzzing with excitement and anxiousness. Through each presentation, you can see the growth from the kids that first entered this program, to the young adults who stand before us now. Each group presented a good pitch, and three groups truly stood out to the judges – Lemoncare, Transparensea, and FLO.
All of our kids are winners!!!
After the competition, each student was allowed to head to the mall or downtown Palo Alto where they had free time to relax and have dinner with friends. Afterwards, they returned to the house where the staff hosted a fun glow in the dark party with a playlist of the students’ favorite songs. The night was filled with laughter and dancing from people of many different backgrounds.
Its not a party without glow sticks.
One last outing!!!
As the program comes to a close, the students are putting the finishing touches on their projects and practicing their presentations. The time and energy these students have put into their projects has shown the dedication and determination they have towards this program and their social topics. Research, collaborations, innovations, and networking all took place in order for the students to come up with their projects, and the outcomes are beyond spectacular. Before the students jumped into adding the finishing touches to their presentations, they were able to partake in a hike and enjoy some cookie dough for their afternoon activities. Also being that this is their last week, we gathered together one last time as individual RA groups. The evening ended with presentation practice runs, and it is hard to tell who is more excited for Thursday, the presenters or the audience.
We have the perfect pitch!
All tired out from practice.
We love Spiderman!
Popcorn, candy, slushes, and many many more sweets are the best forms of movie food, and those are just a few things the students indulged in at the Century Cinema 16 on this wonderful Tuesday Night. The movie of the hour portrayed villains, tall buildings, webs, and the one and only Spider Man. The students got to see what all the hype was about in terms of the Spider Man movie, and they enjoyed all the action as well as the comfortable seating arrangements that the movie theater provided. Before the movie night started some of the students got to play a few games of basketball and meet up with their groups to work on their presentations. Friendships, popcorn, candy, and live action packed movies are the best ways to relieve some of the stresses these students may be feeling, and from the smiling faces and jam-packed conversations about the Spider Man movie it seemed to be a wonderful success.
OMG!!! These seats are so Comfty!
Can you believe that movie?
As the program enters its final week, we are taking full advantage of the sunny California weather before we head back to our respective home countries and states. Students had the opportunity to explore the Stanford Dish Hiking Trail, which was approximately 5 kms and offered amazing views of the surrounding area. As an alternative to the hike, students painted personalized mason jars. In true Summer fashion, we ended the day with a roaring campfire, good music, and plenty of S’mores.
Scenic view of the Stanford Dish Hiking Trail
Peiru creating her Pokemon mason jar
Jocelyn using one of the many beautiful landscapes that Stanford University has to offer, in order to spark some creative writing
A few of our students roasting their marshmallows to create their s’more
The s’mores were a hit!! Students lining up to get seconds
On Sunday the students were excited to head back to the Golden Gate Bridge and snap a few more iconic photos before the end of the program. Last weekends foggy views were replaced with blue, sunny skies this weekend. Thankfully, this time the weather cooperated with us, allowing for a clear view of the bridge, Alcatraz and the surrounding area. After taking in these iconic sights of San Francisco, we spent the day exploring Union Square. Here the students were able to take advantage of the most popular and beautiful shopping area in San Francisco. Nike, Tiffany & Co., Nordtroms, Bloomingdales, an awesome food court and even more amazing places to shop and eat. It was quite an exciting After an adventure filled day in San Francisco, the students returned to campus and set about working on their final projects and presentations, which are beginning to come to fruition. We have an exciting last week at Summerfuel planned!
Our students posing for a group photo in front of the Golden Gate Bridge..
Our students Juilo and Ignacio taking a picture in front of the Golden Gate Bridge Heart.
The day that we have all been waiting for has finally arrived, Mock Rock and the Summerfuel Talent Show!!!! The students have been practicing for quite some time and their performances were spectacular. Before the show could begin the students got to interact with a guest speaker by the name of Ryan Oliver. Ryan is an education leader for innovative schools using experiential learning to create youth entrepreneurs. In Ryan’s presentation he inspired our students with a message on the importance of having the proper proposal and the need for prototyping. The students were able to get a sense of how to show, and sell, their product or service. It also gave them insight into what challenges they may meet along the way. The kids are now taking what they are learning from the presenters and putting it into their final presentation.
Preparing to present their prototype
In the afternoon we continue to prepare and practice for tonight’s show. Students went shopping for costumes and others took part in getting henna tattoos for decoration for their performances.
One direction reunited just for Summerfuel Stanford
In the evening the kids really brought down the house! We were all blown away by the talent and effort that the kids have shown us. From singing to dancing, poetry, and playing instruments, the room was filled with laughter and amazement. The night ended in a tie between two mock rock groups who battled for first place in a dance battle. Our talent show runner-up, Sam, amazed us with his duct tape art while the winners, Spencer and Tori, played guitar and sang a beautiful song! All performances were amazing!
The Crowd, and judges, enjoying the performances!!!
Today’s excursion brought us to the sunny shores of Santa Cruz, where the sand was hot and the water cool. While some dedicated the day to soaking up the sun and working on their tan, others ventured out to explore the Santa Cruz pier and boardwalk. The boardwalk kept our thrill seekers occupied with its numerous amusement park rides and attractions. Those who wanted to feel like locals, found what they sought in one of the many restaurants and shops that dotted the pier.
Lets go to the beach, beach!!!
After a relaxing day on the beach, we returned to campus. As the day came to a close, it was time to bust out the board games and music, transitioning from a relaxing day to a tranquil night.
Fun in the sun