launching a teen social venture
Want to tap your creativity? Participate in launching a social venture? Empower teens living in poverty with the skills to succeed in business? Then you’ve found the right internship.
Ambitious self-starting undergraduates and graduate students with curiosity, innovative spirit, unbridled creativity, fun loving personality and tolerance for ambiguity should apply. We’re looking to create a team that has broad skillsets, knowledge base and diversity of backgrounds/perspectives.
Hours, time commitment and start/end dates are flexible. There is no monetary compensation for these positions.
Description of the Social Venture
This social venture is designed to generate both profit and a positive impact on our community.
The Flax of Life is a social benefit venture for teens. Teens and their guardians who participate will be on the ground floor of launching a product. Teens will learn all aspects of establishing and running a business. Teens will develop a business plan; learn production methodology, marketing strategy, advertising, branding, fiscal forecasting, bookkeeping and quality control. Teens will work with a group of parents who agree to serve as the “board of directors.” The board of directors will coach, review and endorse every aspect of this business. An agreed upon percent of all profits earned by teens will go to them as an incentive, a portion will be invested in their post-secondary education fund and when applicable, a portion to their youth group.
The product we’ve been developing and prototyping over the past several years is called “The Flax of Life.” This tasty product is packed with all the super food ingredients that psychiatrist Dr. Henry Emmons says are vital to keep our brains and hearts healthy. Combined together, these ingredients result in a delicious product that is ready to market. Several local establishments have expressed interest in prototyping this with their customers.
Learn more: www.theflaxoflife.org
Key Functions and Responsibilities (not all candidates need to be engaged in all aspects of the launch. Internship functions and responsibilities will be negotiated based on mutual objective and needs)
1. Assist in researching stakeholders, partnerships and potential supporters/funders for the efforts.
2. Assist in the grant seeking process for federal, state, local public funds and philanthropic, corporate, faith community and civic organization funding opportunities.
3. Design and implement a social media funding and communications plan
4. Collaborate in drafting grant proposals, requests, and the launch fund campaign.
5. Work with the team to establish a fiscal forecast for the product, timelines, and milestones for the strategic scale up of the product.
6. Collaborate to design business processes, policies and procedures required to support the launch.
7. Assist with logistics for the launch of The Flax for Life venture.
8. Other duties agreed to and assigned.
Skills and knowledge required (some but not all required)
a. Solid writing and communication skills
b. Research skills
c. Social Media expertise
d. Computer competency, word processing, and presentation skills
Character traits desired
a. Good team spirit
b. Ability to communicate effectively and respect and honor the contributions of others
c. An experimental attitude, innovative spirit, passion for creativity
d. Ability to handle ambiguity in an environment where systems and procedures are emerging, not existing
e. Drive for excellence and willingness to settle for the best and continually strive to do better
f. Curiosity and desire to learn
g. Ability to absorb feedback/coaching
h. Integrity, authenticity, honesty and directness
i. Fun loving
Hours and time commitment are flexible.
Please send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter expressing your interest/character skills to:
Ché + Assisi Consulting