January 2013 Newsletter

Check out BestPrep’s January 2013 Newsletter!

Winners of The Stock Market Game Fall Session Announced

We are happy to announce the first place winners of The Stock Market Game Fall Session! Elementary Division: Stonebridge Elementary; Junior High/Middle School Division: Janesville Waldorf Pemberton Secondary; High School Division: Stillwater Area High School. Thanks to Wells Fargo Advisors, there are still scholarships available for teams to participate in the spring session of The Stock Market Game. (Read More)

Free Classroom Resources!

As new semesters are beginning, teachers are busy submitting their requests for free classroom speakers through BestPrep’s Classroom Plus and Financial Matters programs. Classroom Plus enhances students’ business and career skills. Financial Matters equips students with the tools necessary to develop sound money management skills. (Read More)

Financial Matters Volunteers, Dedication Defined

Last month, volunteers from BestPrep’s Financial Matters program gathered at Affiance Financial in St. Louis Park to receive training from financial literacy guru David Braaten. Those in attendance were all members of the Financial Matters Ambassador Speaker’s Club, which is designed to assist volunteers with the delivery of the lessons they are teaching. As members, volunteers dedicate themselves to the program by making a minimum of 3 presentations in classrooms each school year. (Read More)

Minnesota Business Venture Online Registration Opens in February

Starting next month, BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) will offer online applications for students. Students may attend one of two sessions: July 14-19, 2013 at St. Cloud State University; July 28-August 2, 2013 at St. John’s University. At MBV, Minnesota students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to work in companies of 10-15, led by business professionals who help facilitate and mentor the students. (Read More)

U.S. Bank Hosts Classroom Plus Career Day
Last month, U.S. Bank partnered with the Classroom Plus staff at BestPrep. This partnership provided 80 students from Burnsville High School and Lakeville North High School with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the variety of careers available and to also learn about U.S. Bank. Career awareness and professional skill-building are part of the goals for the Classroom Plus program. Students spent the day at U.S. Bank hearing directly from volunteer professionals. (Read More)

Former U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate to Headline BestPrep Educational Forum

BestPrep is thrilled to announce that Bill Bradley will headline the 2013 Educational Forum. The event will take place the evening of October 16th at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis. Bill Bradley has been a national leader for more than thirty years and is well known for his hard work, intelligence, candor and vision. From winning an Olympic gold medal in basketball in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, to representing New Jersey in the United States Senate from 1979 to 1997, to running for President in 2000, Bradley exemplifies America’s best qualities. BestPrep is once again offering an essay competition for high school students in conjunction with our Educational Forum. The essay will be based on Senator Bradley’s new book, We Can All Do Better. (Read More)

2013 Annual Luncheon

Mark your calendars for BestPrep’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, May 22, 2013! The event will take place at the Earle Brown Heritage Center from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. (Read More)

BestPrep Celebrates National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month and BestPrep salutes all of our email mentors, coordinators and teachers who make the eMentors program possible. Our goal is to provide mentorships for 3,900 Minnesota students this year. This will represent a 10% growth over last year’s involvement. (Read More)

Student Spotlight: A BestPrep Student Comes Full Circle

More than 10,000 students are now alumni of BestPrep’s Minnesota Business Venture program. One of these students has come full circle to be one of our most dedicated volunteers. Gretchen (Adelmann) Korf, who attended Minnesota Business Venture in 1998 while attending Farmington High School, is this issue’s Student Spotlight. (Read More)