You & Youth

Community/Business/Education Partnership

On Wednesday, October 23rd, HS Optimists and HSBPA members became “sharks” in the Bay Port edition of Shark Tank.  Ross Toeller, Bay Port business teacher, created the project, based on the TV version of Shark Tank, for his Entrepreneurship course.  Eight groups of students presented business plans to the potential investors.  Students researched the costs of production, marketing, and selling their products or services.  The loans, ranging from $40 to $100, provide startup money for the young entrepreneurs. 


The goal for each business is to triple their investment by the end of the semester – January 16.  Investors negotiated a return on their investment which ranged from a percentage of the investment to a dollar amount of profit from each item sold.  The mentors will keep in contact with their enterprises throughout the semester.  Each entrepreneurial group will also donate part of their profits to a charity of their choice.    


Thank you to the following Optimist and HSBPA mentors:  Jon Bilodeau, Aon Risk Solutions; Peter Brunner, KerberRose; Gay Duclon, BMO Harris Bank;  Adam Kersten, Kersten Realty; Hector Rodriguez, Shorewest Realty; Mike Ruby, KerberRose; Cindy Schmidt, Festival Foods; Jim Van Den Elzen, Zima-Van Den Elzen Insurance.


For additional information on this project or to get involved in the school district, contact Diane Schmidtke, Volunteer and Community Involvement Coordinator at dianschm@hssd.k12.wi.usor call 662-8186


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Objective/Mission of the Program:

To enrich each student’s and citizen’s learning and development while building strong school/community relationships with an active, vibrant volunteer and community involvement program.

Specific Objectives of You and Youth:

  • Provide volunteers for enrichment experiences for students to supplement their core curriculum.
  • Provide supervised, individualized educational assistance to students.
  • Provide programmatic and event support for co-curricular activities.
  • Assist teachers with non-instructional duties enabling them to increase their individual attention to students in need.
  • Assist staff with some office and facility duties enabling them to increase their individual attention to needs that have a positive, direct impact on students.
  • Establish a strong culture of civic engagement, service, and volunteerism within our schools and surrounding communities across generations.
  • Stimulate and nurture community interest, concern, and support for our students, teachers, schools, and programs.
  • Stimulate and nurture student interest, concern, and support for the needs within our community.
  • Assist in the improvement of students’ self-worth by increasing the opportunity for educational achievement and success in and out of the classroom.
  • Enhance all aspects of the educational and community development process.
  • Provide opportunities for school/community partnerships that result in mutually benefiting outcomes.