BEI K-12 Lookbook

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2023-2024

BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, & INNOVATION

Vision: A world where every student pursues their personal Quest for Excellence.

Mission: The mission of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (BEI) is to train, equip and empower the next generation of principled leaders to develop their entrepreneurial mindset

Key Verse: Each student participating in BEI is encouraged to “use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10-11).

“Lead with Purpose, Serve with Love, Impact in Faith”

BEI CONTACT

100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA 95111 | Telephone: 408.513.2457 vcs.net/bei | bei@vcs.net | vcsbei

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Table of Contents BEI Overview 4 Discover BEI in Elementary 6 Explore BEI in Junior High 8 Experience BEI in High School 10 DECA 11 President’s Business Challenge 12 Quest Incubator 13 Speech & Debate 14 3

BEI OVERVIEW

BEI provides students with resources and training to learn by experiencing the entrepreneurial process. It fosters entrepreneurship by helping students develop their faith-driven entrepreneurial mindset through a dynamic blend of school-day courses and hands-on co-curricular learning opportunities. With a focus on experiential learning, students gain foundational knowledge and skills to launch their innovative ideas into business opportunities. Students learn firsthand how to creatively solve problems with a focus on technology innovation through an entrepreneurial lens as they further their entrepreneurial pursuits.

Through speaker events, mentorships, access to a professional network of expertise, and leadership development, students develop essential soft skills alongside academic knowledge. These skills and experience will prepare them for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in their personal, educational, and professional lives. BEI is creating future faith-driven, principled leaders, empowering them to lead, serve, and impact their communities and the world.

CENTER FOR FAITH-DRIVEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Center for Faith Driven Entrepreneurship provides a central hub and collaboration space for businessminded students to innovate, collaborate, and launch their startup ideas to fulfill their God-given call to create and transform the world around them. The Center further provides an ecosystem of expertise, support, and structure for students to build their entrepreneurial mindset and leadership skills, providing a roadmap grounded in Faith-Based principles.

DISTINCTIVES

• Marks of a Faith-Driven Entrepreneur - Within BEI, students have a unique opportunity to explore and discover their God-given creativity and how they are called to find business solutions to complex problems. Students are taught the concepts behind the Marks of a Faith-Driven Entrepreneur by Henry Kaestner, J.D. Greear, and Chip Ingram. The framework of integrating faith and work, and developing Christian principles, is foundational to the BEI program.

• 21st-Century Skills - Our diverse and ever-changing world requires a multi-dimensional approach to the learning experience. BEI embraces the 21st-century skills that will best serve our next generation of principled leaders with a hands-on approach to learning. Students learn more by collaborating with peers to approach problems and consider solutions. The Four C Learning Skills required to adapt and improve upon a rapidly changing work environment: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity

• Design Thinking Approach - Design Thinking is a human-centered, problem-solving approach emphasizing empathy, collaboration, and experimentation. Design Thinking principles and methodologies are highly valuable in developing an entrepreneurial mindset necessary to thrive in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

• Sustainable Development Global Goals - The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of seventeen objectives designed by the United Nations to inspire people to become informed and use these goals to raise awareness, shape values, foster entrepreneurship, motivate and inspire students to build a sustainable future.

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STUDENT EXPERIENCE

ACADEMICS

Business and entrepreneurship curriculum is taught through elective course offerings. Many staff and faculty are experienced business and technology professionals who answered a call to use their gifts and knowledge in the second season of their careers.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

• Programs - Students develop leadership skills through various opportunities, including officer positions in co-curricular programs, internships, mentorship, school-wide events, student-run clubs, and through various student-initiated startup opportunities. Faculty and staff provide a supportive and nurturing environment offering necessary resources and guidance to develop and enhance their leadership skills. These leadership opportunities help students develop qualities like decision-making, effective communication, teamwork, and organization.

• Career Development - Students can interact and learn from volunteer mentors in business and technology, explore different career options from on-campus speaker events, and network with industry experts. BEI has access to a network of business and technology expertise through industry connections, current and alumni parents of VCS students, former staff with brand-name technology backgrounds, and years of building relationships within Silicon Valley.

• Mentorship - BEI flagship program offerings, The President’s Business Challenge and Quest Incubator, allow student teams to learn from technology and industry experts. These experiences allow students to gain real-world exposure and develop leadership skills through practical work and interactions with professionals.

• Events - Headquarters Tours, Conferences, and Competitions - BEI coordinates trips off-campus for students to experience different professional settings at headquarters tours, conferences, competitions, and innovative business sites.

• Quest Talks Speaker Series - The Quest Talks Speaker Series exposes Valley Christian Schools students to respected Silicon Valley leaders, who inspire and challenge our students to become leaders, spark innovation, and expose students to a variety of career paths.

2022-2023 Speakers

• Eileen Long, Engineer Business Leader, Meta

• Terry Chang, VP, Medicaroid

• Sunnie Weber, IoT Ecosystem Strategy Leader, Intel

• Mark Manley, Senior Web App Engineer, Apple

• Peter Huitsing, Technical Advisor, Fundamental Global Past Guest Speakers

• Pat Gelsinger, CEO, Intel

• Kevin Compton, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Radar Partners

• Chi Hua Chien, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Goodwater Capital

• Angela Ahrendts, SVP Retail, Apple; former CEO, Burberry

• Richard Farrell, CEO, Full Armor Corporation

• Danny Kim, CTO, Full Armor Corporation & VP AMSE, Valley Christian Schools

• Brian Martin, VP R&D, Lazarus Effect, Inc.

• Henry Kaestner, Co-Founder BAND, Sovereign’s Capital, FaithDrivenEntrepreneur.org, FaithDrivenInvestor.org & GenerosityBayArea.org

• Dr. Don Hill, Cardio Thoracic Surgeon & Founder, Thoratec

• Kirk Perry, President & CEO, Circana and former President-Global Client & Agency Solutions, Google

• Dr. Jacob Cohen, Chief Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center

• Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Sr. Director, Planet & Environment; XPRIZE CEO, XPRIZE Foundation

• Luke Roush, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Sovereign’s Capital

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DISCOVER BEI IN ELEMENTARY

The Discover Business, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (BEI) journey starts by believing that every student is creative and has unique talents to share. VCES students develop their creative thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills through BEI programs. Each program provides hands-on, project-based learning opportunities grounded in biblical principles while introducing the concepts of entrepreneurship.

With an emphasis on “serving others,” all proceeds generated by students are donated to a Christian charity, and the value of giving to others is woven into the curriculum. BEI high school students mentor, instruct, and guide our budding entrepreneurs and innovators during the after-school programs.

ACADEMICS

Creative Design Thinking 5th Grade Elective

Creative Design Thinking is a problem-solving approach at the heart of entrepreneurship and innovation. This elective class introduces the concept of creative and hands-on problem-solving through a five-step design thinking process.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Lemonade Day

An experiential, hands-on after-school program that helps third through fifth-grade students develop their entrepreneurship mindset by starting and operating a lemonade stand.

The Young Expressionists

VCHS students provide after-school and summer programs in various subjects including story creation, creative writing, science, character design, etc.

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EXPLORE BEI IN JUNIOR HIGH

The Explore Business, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (BEI) program starts with the belief that every student is creative and can solve real-world challenges through entrepreneurship. Students are challenged to develop tangible products and learn the entrepreneurial process required to take a product from concept to pitch.

Valley Christian Junior High (VCJH) students develop their creative thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration skills through various learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Explore BEI provides the following hands-on, project-based learning opportunities grounded in biblical principles while introducing the concepts of entrepreneurship.

ACADEMICS

Creative Design Thinking (New 2023)

Creative Design Thinking is a problem-solving approach at the heart of entrepreneurship and innovation. This elective allows students to develop skills to become creative problem-solvers through experiential learning. The course introduces the design thinking process of empathy, ideation, and rapid prototyping through hands-on projects and activities. Students will learn that failure, iteration, and perseverance are part of the design thinking journey to success.

DIY Start-A-Business

DIY Start-A-Business elective helps students build an entrepreneurial mindset by teaching: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity (the Four C’s) while introducing students to how to start a business. The new elective combines lessons from startups, businesses, and social entrepreneurs with hands-on activities that teach students a “do it yourself” mindset and relevant skills. Students will learn the design thinking process to create solutions to real-world problems in the community, work in teams, and receive feedback from adult mentors.

Launch-A-Business (New 2023)

This newest elective class will build on learnings from the DIY Start-A-Business elective class and JH Explore Entrepreneurship after-school program. Students will be able to gain real-world experience starting an on-campus business selling products. The class will learn how to operate a small business by exploring and evaluating business ideas. Students will learn to develop an operational plan to sell products, manage operations, evaluate offerings, analyze metrics, and pivot as needed.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Explore Entrepreneurship

This after-school program offers a shortened eight-week version of the DIY Start-A-Business elective. Students learn how to take a business idea from creation to pitch (think Shark Tank!). Through this hands-on learning opportunity, students learn to develop ideas through different brainstorming techniques, walk through fundamental market analysis, work on prototyping an idea, and prepare a pitch presentation. Students work in teams and develop communication skills.

Speech & Debate

This eight-week after-school program will introduce students to the foundations of Speech and Debate, helping students develop effective communication skills. Speech will be offered in the fall semester, and Debate will be offered in the spring semester.

Money $marts

During the fall and spring semesters, VCHS students in the Quest Incubator program teach an introductory eight-week program on Personal Finance and Stewardship with oversight by BEI teachers and staff.

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EXPERIENCE BEI IN HIGH SCHOOL

Valley Christian High School’s Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (BEI) program provides students with resources and training to learn by experiencing the entrepreneurial process. With a focus on experiential learning, students gain foundational knowledge and skills to launch their innovative ideas into business opportunities. Through course electives and co-curricular programs focusing on technology innovation, students learn firsthand how to creatively solve problems through an entrepreneurial lens as they further their entrepreneurial pursuits. BEI is on the cutting edge of creating future, faith-driven, principled leaders, giving students another avenue to lead, serve, and impact their communities and the world.

ACADEMICS

The BEI umbrella covers the business, computer science, and engineering elective curriculum offerings.

Business

• Business Fundamentals

• Entrepreneurship Honors

• Personal Finance (Dual Credit)

• Social Innovation

Computer Science

• Intro to Comp Programming (Python)

Engineering

• PLTW Honors Intro to Engineering Design

• PLTW Honors Principles of Engineering

• AP Computer Science Principles (JavaScript)

• AP Comp Science A (Java)

• Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

• Mobile App Development*

• Intro to Artificial Intelligence*

*not offered every year

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Events - Speaker Series, Headquarter Tours, Conferences, and Competitions BEI coordinates trips off-campus for students to experience professional settings at headquarters tours, conferences, competitions, and innovative business sites. In addition, we provide support for students involved in conferences and competitions.

• Quest Talks Career Exploration Speaker Series

• Competitions - Diamond Challenge, Technovation, Conrad Challenge, MIT Launch

• Entrepreneurship Conferences - Enactus World Cup, Stanford Business for Women

• Corporate Headquarters Tours - Google, Walmart, Adobe, & Sharks Entertainment

• Cornell Silicon Valley Student Startup Showcase

Clubs

Student-run clubs meet during lunch or Warrior Time to explore interests and passions with other like-minded students. Examples of clubs include Civic Engagement and Public Service, Girls Who Code, Investment, Model UN, Personal Finance, Programming, Women in Business, Sports Analytics, Visual Development, and Web Design Sync.

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DECA

Established in 2014, VC (Valley Christian) DECA program is the largest student organization at Valley Christian High School, with over 175 student participants. VC DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for marketing, finance, management, and hospitality. Students engage in business workshops, competitive events, community activities, professional development, and leadership development opportunities, attending regional, state, and international competitions and conferences.

Competition season begins in the Fall with VC’s foremost Valley Christian Mock Conference (VCMC). The event prepares members and teams to fine-tune written exams, roleplays, and written presentations to compete in three business competitions throughout the year.

Throughout the year, students are mentored in small cohorts by VC DECA officer teams who help members navigate the DECA process and guide them through competition practice and preparation for the three competitions held each spring. The VC DECA chapter is a member of DECA, Inc., an international nonprofit organization that supports members worldwide. For more information on DECA, Inc., see www.deca.org.

Connecting service to VC DECA, students lead multiple community engagement projects that impact not only the Valley Christian Schools (VCS) community but the communities beyond. These include teaching financial literacy in local underserved schools, inviting Bay Area teens to a VCS Hack-a-thon, and teaching sales and marketing to VCS elementary students through a hands-on entrepreneurship program.

To participate in VC DECA, students must be currently enrolled in or have taken a VCHS business class (e.g. Business Fundamentals, Entrepreneurship Honors, Entrepreneurship for Social Innovation, and Personal Finance) in order to qualify to join DECA. Per DECA, Inc. policy, non-VCHS courses DO NOT qualify for DECA enrollment.

Questions about joining DECA?

Contact DECA@warriorlife.net

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PRESIDENT’S BUSINESS CHALLENGE

The President’s Business Challenge (PBC) Program is a capstone project in the Entrepreneurship Honors class. Students form teams to create startups based on a business idea that will solve a real-world problem.

Students learn to collaborate as a team, think critically, problem-solve, and design creative solutions. Student teams interface with a dedicated mentor as they prepare to present their business idea in a series of pitches culminating in an opportunity to present their business plan to leading venture capitalists in Palo Alto. Finalist teams receive prize money to help start their venture.

Students participating in this program:

• Learn core business concepts and gain collaboration skills in a startup team structure

• Innovate, problem-solve, and develop creative solutions into a business opportunity that is viable, scalable, and sustainable

• Develop effective communication skills as they interface with Silicon Valley venture capitalists, speakers, and mentors

• Create a startup pitch that addresses a real-world problem, solution, market, competitive analysis, go-to-market strategy, financials & exit strategy

• Build a one-page executive summary of their startup

• Learn to present their startup in front of multiple rounds of judges: mock, formal, semi-final, and finalist round

To participate in the President’s Business Challenge, students must be enrolled in the Entrepreneurship Honors class. The prerequisite for this class is Business Fundamentals.

Questions about the President’s Business Challenge? Contact bei@vcs.net

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QUEST INCUBATOR

The Quest Incubator (QI) program provides a yearlong opportunity for students to launch a startup or nonprofit. Dedicated mentors and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs provide mentorship to guide them through the creative process. Students learn to innovate, collaborate, and launch their startup ideas to fulfill their God-given call to create and transform the world around them. Working collaboratively in teams, students learn how to project manage, effectively communicate, problem-solve, and develop creative solutions for real-world applications.

Students have access to seminars, workshops, round-table discussions, and the opportunity to actively network and consult with entrepreneurs and mentors to refine their business model and implementation. Students present their startups to industry professionals during DEMO Day, lead student workshops, and provide a supportive environment as they continue to grow their businesses.

Quest Incubator is open to students who participated in President’s Business Challenge (PBC) or have comparable experience launching a product or service. Students are selected through an application process that includes a cover letter, resume, and two references. Applications are open during the spring semester with limited spaces available.

Questions about Quest Incubator?

Contact bei@vcs.net

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SPEECH & DEBATE

The VCHS Speech and Debate programs compete in the Coast Forensics League (CFL) and other regional competitions. Speech focuses on writing and presentation skills, and Debate promotes effective research, teamwork, and nuanced argumentation. Both programs are competitive, and students will attend tournaments to hone their skills.

Speech and Debate students are guided and directed from a Christian worldview as students tackle a diverse set of cultural, political, and social topics. Experienced coaches and facilitators will teach, model, and encourage students to demonstrate Christian character and strong ethical principles as they learn speech and debate competition skills.

VCS emphasizes Christian character and ethical principles as students learn to communicate effectively and compete with integrity. Students attend workshops and peer review sessions to hone their research, writing, and oratory skills in a culture of learning and encouragement.

Informational meetings will be held at the beginning of the school year for students to explore the program. The program looks to parents for participation and support during competitions.

Questions about Speech & Debate?

Contact bei@vcs.net

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MISSION STATEMENT

Valley Christian Schools’ mission is to provide a nurturing environment o ering quality education supported by a strong foundation of Christian values in partnership with parents, equipping students to become leaders to serve God, to serve their families, and to positively impact their communities and the world.

VISION STATEMENT

A world where every student pursues their personal Quest for Excellence™

FOUNDING STATEMENT

Valley Christian Schools supports the homes and churches of students in providing an education that is grounded in the Judeo-Christian values of the Bible, as reflected in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Valley Christian Schools is committed to a Quest for Excellence™ in all of its educational programs, and provides a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum with a rigorous college preparatory program. Firmly founded on Christian values, Valley Christian Schools challenges youth to aspire toward lives of character, service and influence while pursuing their individual Quests for Excellence

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