Castle Rock FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) has seven very bright young women going to state for their business projects. These club members are Kaila Harris, Katie Garr, Bella Warner, as well as all four FBLA officers: Emily Daniels (pictured far left), Sara Waldman (front left), Victoria DelSasso (back right) and Isha Patel (far right).
The event is being held at Spokane from April 19 - 22.
All four officers are trying to get to nationals for their American Enterprise Project. This project is centered around the free market and finding a need to fulfil in their community related to it. There are several aspects of the free-market system our economy operates on, and they narrowed down their topic to profit motive, which they further reduced to minimum wage. This is because Washington has raised its minimum wage from $9.47 an hour to $11 an hour, and it will further increase in the coming years.
After choosing their topic, they realized that the freshmen needed to know about minimum wage and that they could fulfil that need by teaching them about it.
Their reasoning was that people entering the workforce should know how the minimum wage affects their lives as entry level employees and how it affects the world of business.
First, they put together a survey to see how much the students already knew about the subject. After doing so, they gave a presentation to teach them about the effects of raising the minimum wage and its effect on the lives of employees and the free market.
After this presentation, the students took another survey so that what they learned could be measured. The impact of the presentation on the freshmen was easy to see, and they learned enough about the subject to feel comfortable talking about it with an adult -- a goal that the girls wanted to meet.
The results of the two surveys were put into a fifteen-page report and sent to the judges at state. This report, as well as how well they do during their seven-minute presentation and the three minutes of questioning from the judges will determine whether or not they qualify for nationals.