Social Entrepreneurship in Spanish Class

Last week students in Mel Bride’s Spanish IV presented their work on a challenge to create socially responsible businesses to solve a world problem of concern to them.  This is a culmination of a year that began examining the Millennium Development Goals and exploring issues of development and social justice in varying contexts, including a study of migrant labor in New England.  This challenge gave students the opportunity to research and propose solutions to problems to which they have a personal connection; in fact, all the projects touched on more than one problem, tying environmental to social solutions. Phoebe Knox proposed asking banks to finance training  teenagers in green construction skills to build mini-houses in Quincy, Massachusetts, which the banks could then sell. Jesse Garrett-Larsen identified the loss of coral reefs as a problem and proposed creating an eco- tourist attraction in Piunta Cana, DR, which would train tourists to start coral reefs in tanks which could then be seeded into the ocean. Sabrina Hayden designed a project which would teach teachers in Lima, Peru, to create curriculum around organic gardening and nutrition so that children could grow and enjoy  vegetables in school. This would improve their nutrition as well as create a potential new industry.  Julia Marcou created a solution to the tons of plastic trash that wash ashore on beaches which is based on a model project she has seen at work in Indonesia. The plastics are disinfected and used to create art and trinkets by homeless people. Danny Harrington’s project centered on creating sustainable agriculture in developing countries, and Julia Leibovitz proposed opening a coffee shop to employ at-risk youth.  A panel consisting of Brad Bates, the Head of School, Paul Siegel, Academic Technology Coordinator, Mario Flores, Music Teacher, and Jesseca Timmons, an outside expert in the field of social entrepreneurship, listened to the presentations and questioned the students.    The projects were very impressive; these students are sure to carry this experience forward into their futures.

Sabrina Hayden '18

Sabrina Hayden '18

Julia Marcou '14

Julia Marcou '14