Mar 01, 2021 2021-03-01
The Young Merchants Club is an interactive virtual learning platform for high school students that utilizes technology to develop real-world competency. Students receive messages from university professors, former gang members, entrepreneurs, police officers, and others. The Young Merchants Club’s socially responsible curriculum focuses on developing selfhood, entrepreneurship, and empathy in at-risk youth while providing a real-world opportunity for them in the form of self-started businesses. The simple lessons involve micro case studies, turbo articles, and swift media excerpts. The lessons hone in on the core skills youth need in order to thrive in real-world circumstances: critical thinking, patience, discipline, resilience, and empathy. All of the lessons are on the website portal and can only be accessed by school administrators and student merchants. Each week students log in for a five-step module that includes a lesson overview, an introductory video, pre-questions, core materials, and post-questions. Each module takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Designated faculty can also log in and monitor student merchants and their progress. Faculty have the ability to suspend a student account for school infractions or make comments on their work.