BestPrep is committed to providing distance learning opportunities for Minnesota students, teachers, and volunteers. We are offering virtual options and additional resources to connect volunteers and students together to help prepare students with business, career, and financial literacy skills. BestPrep staff are available via phone and email.
See below for both summer and school-year programs to learn how educators can utilize BestPrep programs in this new distance learning environment and how volunteers can give back to students in our communities.
Technology Integration Workshop (TIW)
Empowering educators with technology tools and business exposure during a three-day, virtual professional development opportunity. TIW is hosted in partnership with the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.
Teachers: Register to attend TIW July 27-29, with an optional workday and office hours July 30. Registration is open for all K-12 educators interested in learning best practices for integrating technology into their curriculum and technology tools that enhance student learning. Educators will be given dedicated time and coaching to update a unit plan, so they’re prepared for the new school year.
Volunteers: Sign up to host a virtual job shadow as a Business Partner or lead a presentation or breakout session. Help educators gain insight on the technology, careers, and workplace skills employers are looking for when hiring. Registration to volunteer is open.
Minnesota Business Venture Online (eMBV)
Igniting students’ passions to achieve success and develop career aspirations for the future through a virtual three-day business and career development camp. July 13-15 or July 27-29.
We are hosting eMBV this summer online! Special thanks to our partners: University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University.
Teachers: Students can register to attend one of two MBV summer camp sessions in July. Applications are open for all high school students interested in this fun, skill-building summer opportunity. MBV will take place virtually.
Volunteers: Sign up for day or three-day opportunities. Options include mock interviewers, business plan presentation judges, and Resident Business Leaders. As a volunteer at eMBV, you will work with students to have a valuable summer experience that will help them become better prepared for their futures.
School Year Programs
Inspiring students to create a vision for their future through career exploration.
Teachers: Request virtual presentations from volunteers in the business world to discuss topics including career options, building a resume, interviewing, and networking. Options include recorded or live streaming recorded videos.
Volunteers: Record a video or do a live presentation on career topics for students to watch and learn from home.
Motivating students to make sound money management decisions and become financially savvy.
Teachers: Request virtual presentations from volunteers review subjects such as money and values, credit, budgeting, insurance, and buying a car. Options include recorded or live streaming recorded videos.
Volunteers: Record a video or do a live presentation on financial subjects for students to watch and learn from home.
The Stock Market Game™
Teaching students about economics and investing, while applying math and research skills.
Teachers: Register your students for the SMG, where they will invest a virtual $100,000. Registration is now open for a new session beginning April 6, 2020 and will continue through early June. The SMG is an excellent tool for distance learning, as many curriculum resources are available electronically.
Teams currently participating in the SMG are encouraged to continue. The program is accessible virtually for both students and teachers. BestPrep staff are available to assist at any time.
Preparing students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in school, career, and life through a weekly one-on-one email exchange with a volunteer business mentor.
Teachers: Integrate eMentors into your virtual curriculum. eMentors is a great program to utilize while students are learning from home. Teachers will select topics based on curriculum objectives or standards. eMentors will continue as planned with seven weeks of messages between mentors and students.
Strengthening student motivation to succeed in school and beyond through online mentoring.
Teachers: Provide virtual mentorship to your students. Students, schools, and companies currently involved in Cloud Coach connections should continue emailing as planned; in-person events are currently suspended. Available to Minneapolis and St. Paul public high schools only.