Lift Academy students presented their business plans to Corners Members and West Charlotte High School Faculty and Staff as investment committee members in a board room in the Duke Energy Center, Uptown. Winners received awards for various aspects of their presentations.
Corners spent an evening exposing the young adults to two Corners entrepreneurs: a restaurateur and a car dealership owner. Dinner was held after a hands-on walkthrough of a working restaurant. Members also explained the purpose and use of a business plan. Students split into teams to create their own businesses under the direction from Corners members.
Corners members spent time getting to know 17 West Charlotte High School Lift Academy students. Our first session we played laser tag with the students and learned what they would like would like to learn during our time together. The students showed a strong interest in becoming entrepreneurs, which set the stage for the next three sessions together.
The Corners Society donated $55,000 to CIS, which is the nation's leading dropout prevention organization. With a mission to surround students with a community of support and empowering them to stay in school, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg serves over 6,000 students annually in 41 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that have many students with great needs but few resources.
Lift Academy students and Corners Members recorded their own music at Studio at ImagenOn to recap their time together.
Corners members assembled furniture for a new therapy room. The Corners Society also made a donation to upgrade existing recording equipment used in the interview rooms.Pat's Place is the only child advocacy center in Mecklenburg County serving children from birth to age 18.