The Collective Access hosted it’s 1st EVER KID NETWORKING EVENT. We have to say, it was a phenomenal success. Every individual was dressed to the nines and the energy in the room was buzzing with anticipation.
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The attendees were thrilled by the selection of mouth watering organic fruit snacks, Pepperidge Farm goldfishes, and Nabisco oreos. They washed their hors d'oeuvres down with Honest Tea juice boxes and glasses of milk.
There were four stations setup.
One for check in and registration where the kids could pick up a free copy of bestsellers “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Suess or “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” by William Joyce. The books were a donation courtesy of Claudia Erickson and the American Academy of Pediatrics CA3, Reach Out and Read San Diego Program.
Next was the Believe In Yourself station where kids were encouraged to write down 5 things or more that they liked about themselves. This station was designed to build self confidence in the abilities of our youth and create a pause for reflection. The kids wrote down their answers quickly while the adults pondered what they would have written if it had been there turn.
The third station was called Dream Big and the children were able to create vision boards with adjectives they felt described them. You could see the shock on parents faces as they realized their children were just as aware of their own personalities as their parents were.
The last station was the "I Am The Next Generation of Leadership" stand. The kids were prompted to write down what they wanted to be when they grew up.
After the parents and children moved around the room and made their way through each of these stations, The Collective Access members gathered to the front to segue into the basics of networking and the importance of business relationship.
They encourage the children to:
Have a firm handshake
Make eye contact
Introduce themselves with confidence
Put away phones
Remember to ask if you forget
And always smile
Andre Kwan stopped to say a few words and advise the students to be thoughtful and to be genuine.
Some of the kids couldn’t move away from the view.
We all left knowing there were some future leaders in the room.