The Honey Beez project is a youth-led social enterprise that was developed as a result of our partnership with the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Education and Development (CEED). Healthy Teenz, Dartmouth North participants have been working with CEED on an ongoing basis to develop financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. Youth participants identified a need to take their entrepreneurship skills and apply them to a business project that will give back to their community.
Youth from the Healthy Teenz program are responsible for managing several beehives, ensuring the well-being of the bees, while engaging their community on the importance of bees on a global level. In addition, the youth will harvest, package, market and sell honey from the hives, which will enhance and develop valuable life skills and entrepreneurial spirit.
The Guy Jacobs Community Garden (GJCG) has partnered with Family SOS and has provided our youth with a plot for their beehives as well as an additional plot for the garden. Our group of youth will collaborate with community partners to ensure this project is meaningful and sustainable, socially as well as environmentally.
This project teaches our youth concepts around the importance of hard work, community, environment and sustainable food. They are learning the process of cultivating food, whether it is by harvesting honey from beehives or by planting, growing, weeding and harvesting food from the garden. They are also learning safe food handling processes around preparing and packaging food. By implementing a youth-led social entrepreneurship project, it creates a sense of belonging, develops life skills/career development, and increases self-confidence for youth, which helps to break the cycle of crime, violence and low-income living in our community.
The Honey Beez Project has gained incredible traction over the past few months. Initially the plan was to launch the program specifically in Dartmouth North however, our Healthy Kidz and Teenz from the Spryfield and Halifax locations have expressed much enthusiasm and are excited to manage their own hives within their communities. They have started working with the Honey Beez participants to learn all they can about beekeeping and gardening. The project expansion has received a great deal of support from community partners and we have the capacity to expand over the upcoming year.
Check back for updates on our new Honey Beez locations.
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Let's Learn Some Valuable Social Enterprise Skills
In December 2015, a few of our youth participants from the Honey Beez Youth Project had the opportunity to meet with past Courage to Give Back Awards Ambassadors. We wanted them to meet leaders in our community that were not only successful in their business but also are great examples of giving back to their community. The youth visited each of the Ambassadors place of business to discuss the social enterprise, ask questions and receive advice. The site visits were a success and our youth learned something new from each Ambassador. We later interviewed each of the youth to see what they learned from the experience.
Here is a little peek of that day and the valuable information youth from the Honey Beez Project received to help with their social enterprise.
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