WHAT IS L.A.B
Spark ; supported by the 21C Skills LabThe Like A Boss programme™ (L.A.B) is an exciting new Kiwi-developed programme, brought to you by Foundation the ; and modelled on the Foundation for Young Australian’s $20 Boss programme.
Specially designed for Kiwi secondary school students, those who take part get the opportunity to build their own business with just the provided $20 in their pocket, and develop 21C skills along the way – creativity, communication, design thinking, global competence and financial literacy as well as entrepreneurship to name a few.
The L.A.B™ programme consists of 10 modules tackled over Term 2 or 3. Getting started is simple – once you’re ready to go, we provide the $20 start-up capital and a comprehensive teacher toolkit including all student learning materials.
At the end of the programme, the students return the start-up capital. But it doesn’t end there; the 3 most successful teams win a trip to Auckland to experience an epic hands-on day, including hanging out with leading Kiwi entrepreneurs and a celebratory event.
Introducing like a boss
and school involvement
L.A.B™ provides a comprehensive toolkit with all you need to provide a rich, immersive, project-based learning experience for your students. It’s also mapped to the NZ curriculum key competencies and learning areas.
No special expertise required! Each module has awesome learning videos featuring young Kiwi entrepreneurs, a learning plan, worksheets, and extra resources.
The 10 modules cover: 21C skills and the future of work, entrepreneurship (including Māori entrepreneurship), idea generation, business for good, design thinking, creative marketing, building your financials, planning for success, business trading and celebration
In each module, students focus on a particular 21C skill – understanding what it involves, reflecting on their current skill level, and practicing to develop it.
You can run this programme in a way that suits your school’s timetable and involves your community as coaches and supporters – it’s up to you. See more here.
L.A.B™ is a terrific way to bridge the gap between school teachings and real-world experience as it allows business people from the community to share their experience with the students as business coaches.
It’s a tried and tested model*, with other 27,000 students in over 500 schools participating over three years and outstanding impact data.
*Modelled on the Foundation for Young Australians’ $20 Boss programme. Check it out here.
L.A.B™ gets their creative minds flowing and puts their communication and participation skills to the test as they work in teams on a project they’re passionate about with real world relevance.
As educators learn alongside them, and young Kiwi role models inspire them, we help students make a difference in their communities.
L.A.B™ helps students build skills for any pathway they choose to take and opens them up to what the world of entrepreneurship has to offer.
Over 88% of educators felt their students developed financial literacy, project management, and teamwork skills.
Over 85% of educators found the programme practical and would consider running a business in the future.
Over 92% saw how businesses can create positive social change.*
*Results from the FYA $20 Boss Programme 2017.