As a parent, I am always on the lookout for enriching and educational opportunities for my son. At US Kids Chamber of Commerce (USKCC), kids learn how to run their own business and participate in civic engagement. My son, Ethan, and I had found out about USKCC at the San Diego Kids Expo in April. The USKCC is currently recruiting for members to open chapter in their area, boys and girls ages 6 – 14. We inquired what the club is all about and it sounded like a very good opportunity for Ethan to start his own chapter, run his own business, do community service projects and work to help the environment.
Founding the Mira Mesa/Miramar Junior MBA chapter
My son applied to be plank founder of the Mira Mesa/Miramar club and became the first President of the Junior MBA Mira Mesa chapter. He recruited his older cousins into the club to be officers and they worked together over the summer to accomplish some audacious goals for their chapter club.
I am proud that my son wanted to become President. A week earlier, he showed me, a How-to book that he wrote in school called, “How to Become President.” I thought how incredible that he manifested his thoughts and made them come true when the opportunity arises.
Like many parents, I would support my son in any way possible that would contribute to his learning growth and create a well-rounded experience for him. We saw USKCC as a way to help both our earth and our community as well as gain the business skills and valuable life skills that would help him to beome a contributing member of society. Because he is still young, I am doing a lot of hard work in the background for the success of his club and at this stage, to help him start his own business. Dedication, time, full participation, and effort are required for both the member and parent/s involved to be part of the club. Parents are considered to be both volunteers and parent mentors. Parent mentors help to guide, encourage, coach, and inspire their USKCC in their son or daughter’s business and volunteer to help support club activities and events.
Induction Ceremony on Father’s Day
My son’s club and the officers were first officially inducted in a small ceremony held at Miramar National Cemetary on Father’s Day, June 17, 2016. We became the first formal chapter of the US Kids Chamber of Commerce. Immediately following the ceremony, the officers did their first community service project by placing a single red rose on each male soldier’s grave in honor of Father’s Day. Several family members were grateful for their loved ones to be remembered by the community on this special day. The officers and club were formally recognized a week later by State Senator Joel Anderson’s office in El Cajon, CA. USKCC Mira Mesa/Miramar was recognized for their “entrepreneurial spirit” and inspiring the next generation of leaders. My son and the officers also gave a small interview about the mission, goals of the club along with their plans for their term.
We also attended the 4th of July Parade in Coronado, CA and set up our booth there. We went on live TV to give a shoutout and the news reporter, Renee Kohn, interviewed the officers.
Next, we did an investigation into the Mira Mesa Park to check for safety hazard violations for kids. We carefully documented everything and submitted a report to the local city councilman’s office. Ethan’s cousins spoke at the City Council against the Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance. His cousin, Brian, helped to sway three members votes. One of our last events for the summer was an E-waste recycling fundraiser. We raised money for our club and enough proceeds went to buy a 1940s fire truck for USKCC.
Lastly, I went to Ethan’s school and I recruited some more kids to start their own chapters in their neighborhoods by talking with their parents during Back-to-School Night.
We had a busy summer and it did take away my time from blogging on Motherhood’s Bliss. However, I plan to write more frequently in the coming weeks. For now, I want to say, “Good bye summer, hello Fall!”