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I’ll never forget the day I started thinking about an Entrepreneur Program. September 2013, I was on location in Shreveport, LA and sitting in a boring apartment I’d tried to make feel like home. I’d put big sheets of paper on the walls and was bouncing around ideas of programs for ricRACK.  An after school program.  A repurposed fashion show…..etc

But the Entrepreneur program I thought about the most.  I wanted to include a way of paying it forward and working for charities.  I wanted to include product development, business marketing, and creative freedom.  How do I roll all these into one? It took 4 years to work this out.

This week, on June 6, 2017, two boys, Ricky and Sylvester, sat in front of me and shared their dreams and their goals, and I had to hold back tears looking at the first members of our Entrepreneur Club.

 

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Here’s how it works:

For every hour Ricky and Sylvester work on charitable products….we’re starting with comfort wear for the Ronald McDonald House….for every hour they sew on these projects, they bank hours to work on their own products, a 1:1 ratio.

They will come to us Mon-Thurs 330-630, and Saturday 12-3 for the next 6 weeks.

They will receive a bonus based on attendance, and a majority percentage of the sales.

We have 5 incredible mentors working with the guys in the program…..Nancy Zufall, Heidi Bayer, Karen Clark, Kris Anderson, and me, Alison Parker.

We will focus on sewing and construction Mon and Tues, product development on Wednesdays, Thursdays will be for marketing and business theory, and Saturdays will be their chance to review.  That’s the first 3 weeks.  The last 3 weeks we hope to be in the manufacturing and selling stage.

This is what we hope for anyway. This is a pilot program, and there will be kinks to work out.  Dream it, do it.

Want to contribute….drop us a line @ ricracknola@gmaI'll.com

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 12:18

In the Beginning...

There were a lot of factions that came together, in a way, to create the perfect storm, aka my passion to create ricRACK.

I didn’t know it then, how it was all going to come together to create what we know now as ricRACK…..a re-sale shop, children’s sewing and repurposing lessons, an  entrepreneur program, free Halloween costume give-aways for kids, adult professional classes, and the grandmother of all wardrobe sales, Hollywood Thrift.

There’s no one impetus, but many things that can be accredited to ricRACK’s identity.

So, I’ll begin with the beginning.

I started wondering, “if kids want to learn how to sew, what resources are available?” If you’re like me, you learned to sew in school, as part of a home economics curriculum.  But, if there’s no more home ec, and a family member doesn’t teach you, where would a youngster go who wants to learn?

I couldn’t find anything locally, so I started searching for information online.

This article by Resurrection Fern affirmed my thoughts, and fanned the flames of the inception of ricRACK.

 

http://resurrectionfern.typepad.com/resurrection_fern/2009/02/when-did-home-economics-disappear-from-our-schools.html

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"Sometime in the 80's our school policy makers decided to extract some important life lessons from our school curriculum and they removed home economics and shop classes from the primary school system.

What has resulted from this is a generation of children who are unable to thread a needle, sew on buttons, cook a simple supper from scratch, wire a lamp, or fix a chair. Unless their parents, grandparents or other family members teach them they will never have the opportunity to learn. I guess they could always try to learn from a book or online tutorial of some sort. Just for fun I googled how to mend and discovered someone has just published a book on this subject that says it will teach you how to thread a needle and sew on a button. I think in these days of renewed interest in frugality every child should learn these basic skills. Along with the iphones, blackberries and notebook computers every child should own a basic little mending kit and know how to use it.

 

  

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The world can no longer hold the heaps of trash created when people throw away perfectly good clothing because it is missing a button or has a tear in the seam. Almost everything can be fixed . "

 

 

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