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Enrichments help shape the future

Posted by: Audra Martin on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 12:00:00 am

Fifth-grader Shahrez beams as he talks about his first business venture, a website “SBay Kids”. Designing and building the technology himself, Shahrez is already into audience development suggesting he created a site and product line that “attracts people”. “SBay Kids is named like ebay, I want people to come find things they like. I priced everything in the mid-range and selected items that I love then other people will love them too.”

The website looks like a video game with blasts of color and descriptions that are enticing and kid-like, the only thing it is missing is acronyms LOL. “You will have a blast with this game. You draw a card and you have to bounce the ball into a tray to match the pattern! It can be challenging. I hope you like this product. Thanks!’

SBay Kids’ website has a working search function, and uses PayPal to process orders. It’s the real deal. I know because I bought something on the site.

Shahrez built the site in an 8-week course here at the JCC, as part of our after-school enrichments. His friends made sites selling candy, showing off car models and sharing soccer tips.

Well over 100 kids thunder through the JCC halls every weekday. They are here to participate in the dozens of enrichment programs the JCC offers year-round, programs like iSpark, website development. These enrichments activities do more than keep our kids busy, they expand on their learning in ways that differ from the methods used during the regular school days. They bring new concepts to light and use old concepts in new ways. While the activities are fun, they also impart knowledge for the kids. Enrichments are a vehicle for students to build mastery, deepening skills and interests. They provide leadership and social skills development.

According to Shahrez, enrichments “are fun and challenging and allow me to be creative.” Imagine if he built SBay Kids in 8-weeks, what he is going to do in his lifetime!

Children’s enrichments are available to the community whether you are a member or not. Visit www.jccoc.org, to see what we are offering today.

 

 

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