MONTREAL, MAY 4, 2015 – Students from Perspectives I Alternative High School in St. Michel and from LINKS High School in Ahuntsic were both winners in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest. They received their awards at a ceremony on April 30 at LaSalle College
Both projects have advanced to the Provincial competition in Quebec City on June 18.
Students from the Mackay Centre and Dalkeith Elementary School in Anjou were also nominated for awards and took home the “Coup de Coeur” award in their respective categories.
In total, 830 EMSB students were involved in the creation of 78 projects for consideration. From those, 50 were chosen to receive EMSB Entrepreneurship grants and a final 34 were entered in the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest.
W.A.T. Co (Perspectives I Alternative High School):
Secondary III students from Perspectives Is are enrolled in a special “Projet Particulier 15+” program and registered in an entrepreneurship class. Following some brainstorming, the students agreed to make their own t-shirts to sell within the community and spread the message that solidarity makes learning and working together more fluid. They have also decided that a portion of the proceeds will go to the Guzzo Foundation, which now supports children’s mental health.
The students have established a name for their new enterprise: The W.A.T. Co. (We Are Together Company). The theme “We Are Together” was chosen by the students because all those involved in the project come from different schools and communities and they have learned to work together at Perspectives I. Head teacher Barbara White says that the students worked on discovering their individual strengths and weaknesses to help them better decide on what roles they should play in their t-shirt company.
Carrefour Jeunesse, as well as the Printing and Digital Layout Department at Rosemount Technology Center, became The W.A.T. Co.’s new partners. Rosemount Technology Center was very supportive of the students’ business plan and went out of their way to teach them how to use graphic software and make the printing machines available.
The students then proceeded to create designs for their t-shirts. In the end, nine designs were chosen to be printed. The designs chosen were based on the students’ perception of the people who would be buying them: adults, teenagers and children. However, each t-shirt design also respected the “We are together,” theme.
To help save costs, the students printed the t-shirts themselves. They also considered marketing the product. This led to creating unique labels and packaging to make the product even more attractive to the public. Posters and a special display stand to advertise the product were also created by the students. “All in all, this was an amazing experience,” says Ms. White.