EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING
In 2017, a grade 6/7 class in Surrey, British Columbia participated in the 6-week PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs program. They students were challenged to create their own businesses and were responsible for making their own decisions.
Mindset Matters is a film documenting their journey as this class moves through the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs program. Placing special focus on four students, Josh, Emma, Abel and Muhamet, each of whom have unique social and educational needs, Mindset Matters highlights the depth of personal and academic growth students experience while working through the program.
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A brilliant student with extremely introverted tendencies, Josh has struggled to find the confidence to break out of his shell and interact with his fellow students.
Abel recognizes that he is different from other students when it comes to his learning, and has often found himself falling behind in schoolwork.
Emma is a fantastic student with great grades and all the right answers, but some of the other students find her a little bit “bossy”.
Despite wanting to work hard, Muhamet gets easily distracted and has struggled to stay on task, leading him to not complete much of his schoolwork.
Bill Roche, Co-Founder PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs
In addition to being the creator of PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, Bill Roche has dedicated his life to bringing entrepreneurial thinking into the classroom. He has over 20 years of experience designing curriculum-based resources that focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and social responsibility.
Charles Chang, Co-Founder PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs
Charles is a lifelong entrepreneur with many successful business ventures to his name. In dedication of his support to the next generation of visionary entrepreneurs in Canada, Charles co-founded PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs and established his own personal investment fund, Lyra Growth Partners.
Antonio Vendramin, District Principal, Surrey School District
As the District Principal of the Surrey School District, Antonio Vendramin is a strong believer of empowering students to take ownership of their learning and to be free to explore and experiment in the classroom. Antonio is a huge supporter of the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs program.
Dr. Sarah Lubik, Director of Entrepreneurship, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Sarah Lubik is an advocate for innovation and entrepreneurial education for all age groups. She was named one of only ten Canadian Innovation Leaders and assists with the Government of Canada’s Inclusive Innovation Agenda. Dr. Lubik sits on the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs Board of Directors.
Tanya Maryniak, Filmmaker, Satoria Media
Tanya is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder of Satoria Media. Her films have been shown at festivals worldwide and aired on networks including the CBC and Discovery Channel. During the filming of Mindset Matters, Tanya was on the ground in the classroom observing, and talking with, the students to truly represent their journey in the documentary.