Benjamin Franklin Experience
Benjamin Franklin Experience (BFE) is a new summer program in Greenville, SC open to teens ages 14 – 18. Two-week courses expose students to a wide variety of careers via day-long experiences, each lead by an expert in their profession. Fields include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), journalism, law, medicine, and more. One day students work with an environmental scientist in a mountain stream; the next, they cut a music track for a TV show.
Connecting Teens With the Business Community
The program also creates meaningful volunteer opportunities for members of Greenville’s business community. Visiting-Mentors attend select classes alongside students. They are high-performing professionals from a variety of fields who are interested in sharing their career stories with students, and participating in class experiences. “So many of my friends and colleagues crave a meaningful way to do something inspirational with their unique skill-sets,” explains Jonathan Shanin. “BFE provides an opportunity for professionals to give back within a feasible time commitment. And kids reap huge benefits.”