New clubs nurture business skills and political activism: Students create Turning Point USA and the Young Entrepreneurs

Sandra Riano and Jenny Garofalo, Sandra Riano, and Jenny Garofalo

Starting this spring semester, students will get a chance to participate in two new clubs, the Young Entrepreneurs Club and Turning Point USA, both run by Mr. Neil Miller.

David Tung, the lead officer for Young Entrepreneurs, is a student at Schreiber and has put together this club as a part of his senior experience project.  The club’s ultimate goal is to learn the workings of business.  Through direct participation, its members have influenced the club’s direction.  Everyone plays a role in the program, working together in the hopes that they will gain useful business experience.

The club hopes to target two major websites.  The first site is freelancer.com, which allows users to advertise their talents, with jobs ranging from computer programmer to fashion designer.  Tung hopes to, “highlight peoples talents and channel them into profit.”  For example, if you have video editing skills, you can write a description of your talents on the website and make your service available to anyone for $5.  The second website the club hopes to utilize is fiverr.com. Both of these sites are places the club hopes to utilize to get ideas and publicize their skills.

At the club’s fourth meeting, students learned about iOS language Objective-C, or app creation.  After studying free tutorials they formed app teams.  The club hopes to create their own apps using freelancer.  Additionally, using fiverr, Tung hopes to interest creative people around Schreiber.

“If you’re an artist, we can see your art.  If you are a producer, we can sell your music.  This is entrepreneurship at its finest,” said Tung. “The possibilities are endless and after every meeting I have new ideas!”

The club meets every Monday from 5:45 to 7 p.m. in room A3.  They are actively looking for new members.

Another new club starting up is Turning Point USA.  Juniors Jacob Bloch and Noah Hirsch proposed this club last year and it is getting its kick-start this semester.  People in the club engage in activities directly proposed by the members.

“When our members have an idea, we listen, deliberate, and act on it,” said Bloch.

For example, a club member brought up the issue of food health violations at Schreiber, a story that has recently shed light on the lack of notification of these violations.  Turning Point helped get flyers around the cafeteria along with meeting with school administrators to try to figure out what had happened.  Right now, the club is in the process of selecting local elected officials to come speak to members.

“Overall, we are giving students a voice in their school and community,” said Bloch.

One of the club’s goals in terms of learning experience is to increase the member’s roles in the local and national government.  Meeting once a week from 3:15 to 4:15, the club is extremely flexible in regards to week-to-week attendance.

“We don’t want long meetings, or else everyone will become distracted or get bored,” said Bloch.

Students are welcome to come to the meetings for just a few minutes or the entire duration of the meeting.

Students who have encountered a problem at school, which they feel should be addressed, ca an directly participate in the club.

“As long as you have a conscience, we are sure you have an opinion that you stand by,” said Bloch.

Both of these clubs are made by the student body for the student body, regardless of whether you are interested in business or politics.