‘Possibilities If’ gives twist on fashion accessories

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‘Possibilities If’ gives twist on fashion accessories

Seniors Yuridian Leonides, Rosario Solarzano Secundino and Isac Garcia prepare questions for interviews during second period on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Seniors Yuridian Leonides, Rosario Solarzano Secundino and Isac Garcia prepare questions for interviews during second period on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Rachel Blake

Seniors Yuridian Leonides, Rosario Solarzano Secundino and Isac Garcia prepare questions for interviews during second period on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Rachel Blake

Rachel Blake

Seniors Yuridian Leonides, Rosario Solarzano Secundino and Isac Garcia prepare questions for interviews during second period on Thursday, Feb. 2.

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Business and marketing teacher Valerie Cooper builds a path of entrepreneurship for another group of students by providing creative freedom in a controlled environment. Junior Dylan Webb and seniors Isac Garcia, Yuridian Leonides, Joseph Nunez and Rosario Solarzano Secundino have created a fashion accessory company, Possibilities If, through the INCubatoredu course.

Possibilities If, PIF, is a company producing scarves, jewelry and several other fashion add-ons. Besides focusing on accessories, they would like to make abundant donations to their community.

“We’re doing fashion accessories; for winter we’re [creating] headbands, mittens and scarves,” Leonides said. “For summer, we’re doing earrings, necklaces and bracelets.”

During INCubatoredu, Cooper pushes her students to think of a solution to a problem when creating their products. In addition to making handmade accessories, the group wants to incorporate an endearing tone behind the business.

“One side is the humanitarian aspect,” Webb said. “We’re going to be giving money to charities and shelters and have homeless people come in and work.”

The students are now going through the process of perfecting and fixing any flaws in their idea. They are on stage one of creating their business and have extra in-depth work ahead of them. They await with excitement to continue on with their company.

“The first part of [the program] is where they have to come up with their idea,” Cooper said. “[Then] they have to ask interview questions [and] learn about finances.”

Once the overall set up of the business is finished, they’ll be put through Farmer’s Market where they’ll present a prototype and information about their product in the cafeteria. Students and teachers will cast in votes on their favorite ideas pitched to them.

“After the students and teachers hear the ideas from all the booths, they vote on which one they think is the best,” Cooper said. “[They vote on] the one they can see really being successful, and [the] team [that has] the best presenters and sales-people.”

The team members are content with their group and love the class. The INCubatoredu class gives groups the freedom to choose their paths of entrepreneurship. The space INCubatoredu creates enables communication between the students so they achieve their goals.

“[Working in teams] offers more resources and availability and brainstorming,” Webb said. “It helps the mood.”

The creators of PIF think this class is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to pursue a career in entrepreneurship. The teacher gives an outline to help students succeed and generate life-changing companies like PIF. A simple test company can turn into a product investors fight for.

“I love coming to work every day and working with these entrepreneurs,” Cooper said. “My favorite part, though, is when I see them in the beginning and they’re kind of timid and nervous and they don’t really understand how it’s all going to come together, [then] watching their eyes light up when they [understand].”

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