Lighting a Fire

Jan 04, 2011

The Nobel Prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats once said that education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

We couldn’t agree more. So in the fall of 2009, Amway set out to inspire Grand Rapids Public Schools students interested in business and entrepreneurship on a path to discover their strengths and gain valuable real-world experience.

For the past two school years, Amway has supported the School of Business, Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Ottawa Hills High School – just ten miles from our world headquarters. The program teaches classes on management, finance, and other business skills through internships, lectures, and real world business stories from local executives, including those from Amway.

In addition, students get mentors; before- and after-class support; and rigorous, relevant coursework such as creating and presenting business and marketing plans. Often times, Amway employees can be found leading and providing these experiences that prepare these students for graduation, college and life. The focus is on creating the next generation of business and community leaders.

The School of Business, Leadership and Entrepreneurship is one of many programs that Amway employees have created; volunteer for; contribute to; or promote around the world. Every one of these hands-on efforts is a small spark that we hope turns into a love for learning that stays lit for a lifetime.

Guest blogger Cindy Droog contributed to this piece.

  • 1 Comment

    • Mary Boston says:

      Thanks again to Amway and there employees. This is just what the world needs. Outstanding opportunity for our youth. We are very proud to be associated with this awesome, caring corporation.

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