Rochester, NY has a sustainability CHALLENGE; it is the fifth poorest city in the nation, third for neighborhoods in extreme poverty, and poorest urban NYS School District – graduating less than 50% of its students. Grade 3rd – 6th students attending Rochester Roots’ SEE program have an entrepreneurial SOLUTION; they are learning about sustainability and entrepreneur-ship to become Rochester’s Changemakers. Motivated to self-determine their own future, they are developing businesses to improve the sustainability and wellbeing of their community, including, manufacturing, services and educational games businesses.
RCSD’s Montessori Academy youth entrepreneurs will present their business concepts, research, products, and plans to a panel of judges and interested community members on June 10th. Through SEE, which includes the support of senior college engineers, professors, business mentors and experts, they aspire to develop knowledge and outcomes, including the potential of having viable, sustainable businesses before high school graduation. Criteria for judging is based on the social entrepreneur’s demonstration of research and development, critical thinking and decision-making expertise in developing sustainable businesses that improve one or more of seven community-wellbeing outcomes: 1) Financial, 2) Employment, 3) Education, 4) Health, 5) Ecosystem, 6) Public Safety, and 7) Sense of Community.
9:00 – 9:10 / Welcome – Jan McDonald, Executive Director, Rochester Roots, Inc.
9:10 – 9:20 / Introduction to Judges & Overview of Judging Criteria
9:20 – 9:50 / Judges and public preview student businesses. Judging begins.
10:00 – 10:15 / Rachel & Joey Gregoire – The Balm! Lip Balm
10:20 – 10:35 / Khiara Baldwin – Vermicomposting & Advergame Research & Development
10:40 – 10:55 / Yah’Tiara Wilson Lewis & Mikayla Taylor – Peacemakers Papermakers
11:00 – 11:15 / Gadiel Pedraza & Enrique Santos – Seed Sifter & Vermicomposting Bin
11:20 – 11:35 / 15 Minute Break
11:40 – 11:55 / Blythe Fisher– Game of Bunny World Research & Development
12:00 – 12:15 / Areana Soto – Farm Market Rodeo – Recipe App Development
12:20 – 12:35 / Rusquel Ramirez & Quentin Nowden – Plant Racer Game
12:40 – 12:55 / Subash Rai – My Future Self Game
1:00 – 1:45 / Lunch Break – 45 Minutes – Judges meet to determine wellbeing awards
1:50 – 2:15 / Wellbeing award announcements by Judges
2:15 – 2:30 / 15 Minute Break
2:30 – 4:30 / Game Play – My Future Self
The Judges are:
Ecosystem – Rachel C. Guy, Financial Analyst, Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
Education – James Palermo, Principal, Lakeshore Elementary School, Greece, NY
Employment – Mike Mandina, President, Optimax Systems, Inc.
Financial – Ira S. Miller, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Health – Monica Sullivan-Smith, Founder, Montessori Intervention Programs
Public Safety – Thomas P. Seager, Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment, Arizona State University
Sense of Community – Jennifer Sertl, Business Strategist, Agility3R
Student Judge – Dominic Dyer, Montessori Academy
The SEE game development is funded through the generous support of the Farash Foundation and managed by Ben Sawyer, Co-Founder of Digitalmill.
Rochester Roots, Inc. is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-33800-23983 and the generous in-kind and matching donations from foundations, organizations, businesses and individuals like YOU.
MEDIA INQUIRIES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Jan McDonald, Executive Director