December 2018
Hi friends! I can’t believe that 2018 is coming to a close, what a crazy, amazing year for Celebrate EDU. We ended the year with an exciting accomplishment that we weren’t quite expecting, here’s what happened:

What We’ve Been Up To:

The thing we worked hardest on this quarter was launching our brand-new FREE Discovering Entrepreneurship Course. This class is for everyone, from self-advocates, to parents, to service providers, and is a way for everyone to explore more about entrepreneurship. We did a soft-launch in November in honor of National Entrepreneurship Month with the hope of pushing out the course to the masses in early 2019. I created a brand-new curriculum for this course with my brother Brent. He is the instructor of the class, and the curriculum process was a true collaboration between the two of us. It is so cool to see him share his experiences as an entrepreneur, his perspective is so unique and insightful! Be sure to check out the course here.

We also launched our 2018 Celebrate the Season campaign. We kicked it off in style with a MATCH for all donations given to Celebrate EDU on #GivingTuesday (up to $7,500) and hit our goal, making it our most successful #GivingTuesday to date. We also hit our overall campaign goal of $25,000 thanks to more than 55 generous donors. We are so grateful for the support this holiday season!

Last, but certainly not least, the big accomplishment to end an amazing year was that our video The Celebrate EDU Story (that we created in March for my 30th birthday) WON the “Most Moving Video Award” at the Reel Impact Film Festival in San Francisco, CA. Let me backtrack just a little bit, we created this video with Michael Miller of Sun Prairie Films in March. For my 30th birthday, I asked my friends and family to share it. Thanks to the hundreds of shares, the team at One World saw it and included it in the 300 submissions to the film festival. After a few rounds of judging it was chosen as one of the 19 finalists. Of course, we had to attend the festival, I mean when else are we going to be a film festival finalist? Sitting in the audience, we were completely shocked to be named the “Most Moving Video”. It was an absolutely surreal moment that I am so happy I got to experience and share with my family. What an amazing way to end an incredible year at Celebrate EDU.

What’s Next:

2019, here we come! I am so excited to see what this year has in store for us. Some of the cool things we are working on for Quarter 1 are the launch of our “Resources” page on the Celebrate EDU site. This is an idea that we’ve been working on for a while and we’re thrilled to launch it in 2019. This section of the site will feature more stories of students who have participated in our programs and will offer valuable resources for those interested in learning more about business and entrepreneurship. Stay tuned!

We are also hosting our first-ever virtual partner trainings in both our Kindling Workshop and The Spark Program. We are always looking for like-minded organizations who want to run our programs. If that’s you, click here to share your interest.

Here’s to another exciting year! I look forward to celebrating all of our accomplishments with you all.

With gratitude,