The 2019 O2 Experience: Spotlight on Hoot Camp

The 2019 O2 Experience: Spotlight on Hoot Camp

We’re committed to helping our Owlettes and BROs succeed and that means providing them with their own, specialized training at our biggest event of the year, The O2 Experience!

On Saturday, July 27, Origami Owl Brand Ambassador Yvette Dickson-Torres hosted Hoot Camp to support our youngest entrepreneurs with special guests Origami Owl® Co-Founders Bella Weems-Lambert, Tyson Basha and Shawn Maxwell, who spent some time hanging out with our 11- to 17-year-olds.

These dynamic young people also received peer training from our Youth Council members and learned all about their unique strengths from Gallup Executive Coach Jeremy Pietrocini. The tools they learned at Hoot Camp were designed to set them up for success over the next year and the feedback was tremendous!

Hoot Camp attendees were also the very first to receive the Owlette “Mended Heart” Force For Good® Charm that was designed by their peer, BRO Ethan Piece.

Here’s what some of the Owlettes and BROs had to say about their Hoot Camp experience:

Hadley Golden, 11 years old, Director

“I love being part of the Origami Owl family! It’s like being a part of your favorite summer camp all the time because there is no judgment, people’s feelings about you aren’t based on how much you sell and everyone is genuinely welcoming. Hoot Camp is something I look forward to all year because the connection is instant. You trust that everyone is a Force For Good and welcoming. You get to interact with all of these amazing people from all over the country and feel part of a true family. It’s like getting to see cousins you just haven’t met yet and reuniting with others like you would at summer camp.”

 

 

 

 

Selina Novello, 17 years old, Team Leader

“Hoot Camp was a great way to meet other Owlettes and BROs. My favorite part was the session with Jeremy Pietrocini where I got to learn about my strengths and how to apply them to my business. Having the opportunity to speak on balance and perseverance to everyone at Hoot Camp was an amazing experience. After Convention, we were all empowered to be ‘Limitless.’ All you have to do is set your mind to it!”

 

 

 

 

Wellington Emanuel, 15 years old, Team Manager

“My experience at Hoot Camp was amazing and really fun. I enjoyed meeting all the Founders, and becoming new friends with fellow Owlettes and BROs. My favorite quote from Chrissy during Convention was, ‘I am limitless.’ I believe I can take my O2 business and be a success. I’m looking forward to being a Force For Good and growing my business.”

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Pierce, 14 years old, Senior Designer

“The whole Convention was fun! I loved that, at Hoot Camp, I was able to meet Bella in an informal setting where we could ask her questions and really interact with her. I also appreciated hearing from the Youth Council. All of this made it more real knowing that other people have been successful in their businesses at our age.”

 

 

 

 

 

Sean Pierce, 13 years old, Senior Designer

“I enjoyed the whole Convention experience! It’s hard to pick a favorite part of Hoot Camp because it was all fun and educational, but I particularly liked hearing from the Youth Council and learning from their experiences. Oh, and I was happy to meet Bella! Hoot Camp really helped me hear from others who have gone through this journey, too. It was fun to meet everyone!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Halverson, 17 years old, Senior Team Leader

“My favorite part of Hoot Camp was spending time with Bella and Yvette.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brianna Standen, 17 years old, Executive Team Leader

“Hoot Camp gave me the opportunity to meet other Owlettes and make lifelong friends. It was great to hear their stories about why they joined Origami Owl. I’m blessed to be a part of something so meaningful!”

 

 

About the Owlette Program

The Owlette Program is the foundation of Origami Owl®. Our Owlette Program teaches young girls and boys, youth ages 11-17, entrepreneurial and life skills. Being an Owlette or BRO (Boy Representing Origami Owl) builds confidence and gets them out of their comfort zone, while setting goals and getting recognized for their efforts. Our Owlettes and BROs are making a difference in the lives of others and their own.

If you’re part of an Owlette team and haven’t yet joined our O2 Owlettes Facebook group, what are you waiting for?

Our Owlette Facebook group gives our Owlettes the chance to regularly interact with each other, receive personal messages from Origami Owl Co-Founder Bella Weems-Lambert, and get tips and training to grow their Origami Owl businesses!

Have an Owlette success spotlight story you’d like featured in an upcoming Hoot email? Email us at Recognition@OrigamiOwl.com.

Owlette News + Updates

Owlette News + Updates

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About the Owlette Program

The Owlette Program, for youth 11-17, teaches young girls and boys entrepreneurial and life skills, and helps them spend quality time with their parent or other adult.

If you’re part of an Owlette team and haven’t yet joined our O2 Owlettes Facebook group, what are you waiting for! Our Owlette Facebook group gives our Owlettes the chance to regularly interact with each other, receive personal messages from Origami Owl® Co-Founder Bella Weems-Lambert, and get tips and training to grow their Origami Owl businesses! More details on this below!

You can also join our Instagram account O2_Owlettes!

The email address for all things Owlettes is Owlettes@origamiowl.com

Have an Owlette success spotlight story you’d like featured in an upcoming Hoot email? Email us at Recognition@OrigamiOwl.com.

 

Zoom Calls and Facebook Lives

1st Monday of every month: Welcome New Owlette Teams Zoom Call

Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. CT — We’ll officially welcome you to the O2 family and answer any questions you have about the Owlette Program!

3rd Thursday of every month: Owlette Recognition Facebook Live in the O2 Owlettes Facebook Group

Thursday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. CT  Bella and Yvette will recognize your success and achievements – big and small! You can submit your success and/or achievement by emailing us at recognition@origamiowl.com.

3rd Thursday of every month: “Getting Real with Bella” Zoom Call

Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m. CT This is your opportunity to connect with Bella and talk about anything your heart desires – share your stories, ask questions about your O2 business, how things are going for you outside of your O2 business – anything you want!

**Dates and times may vary every month. We’ll keep you posted on the dates and times in the O2 Owlettes Facebook group and the O2 Designers News from the Nest Facebook group.**

Social Media Images, Videos + Printable Resources

Owlette social media images can be found in the My O2 Connection app under Social Media Images > Owlette or O2 Business > Owlette. You can also find some great videos in the app, as well!

All printable Owlette materials and flyers can be found in your Back Office under Designer Resources > Designer Resources Library > Owlette.

Back Office Information

You can add your Owlette’s information in your Back Office under your Account Settings > Enroll an Owlette.

You can see your Owlette’s information in your Back Office under your Account Settings > MyO2 Owlettes.

Owlette/BRO Force For Good Charm Winner

We received so many incredible submissions and ideas for potential Force For Good® Charms! We revealed the chosen, beautiful Charm at The O2 Experience and recognized Ethan Pierce for designing a “Mended Heart” Charm, which is a reminder to people that they can heal after a tragedy in their life. Ethan was inspired to sketch this Charm because he and his family witnessed the Las Vegas shooting tragedy. See Ethan’s beautiful sketch here.

One-hundred percent of the profits of the “Mended Heart” Force For God Charm goes to Our Military Kids, an organization that supports children (ages 5-12th grade) of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, as well as those of wounded veterans from all service branches, with grants that provide up to $300 for a chosen sport, art or other activity. Participation in these activities helps military children cope with stress and build self-confidence while their parents are recovering or serving overseas.

2019-2020 Owlette Achievement Program

August 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020

The Owlette Program is committed to living out the pillars of the Origami Owl mission: to be a Force For Good®; to love, inspire and motivate people of all ages to reach their dreams and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others. The four pillars that form the foundation of the Owlette experience are: sales, sponsoring, personal development and being a Force For Good. This new achievement program is kind of like the Girl Scouts program; it starts the moment someone becomes an Owlette, and they will then have the opportunity to earn Charms throughout every year they are in the Owlette Program. We will be adding new Charms to achieve each year. The first Charm they get is their Owlette Charm and the final Charm will be their Graduation Cap. For each pillar of the business and mission that’s achieved during the year, Owlettes will earn an exclusive piece of jewelry to include in a special look.

Please note, these recognition items will be awarded every year on stage at The O2 Experience. Those who are unable to attend will receive the items in the mail following the event.

Here’s a printable flyer you can share with your teams.

Destination Designer Program: Post-Owlette Experience

We are extremely excited to announce our NEW! Destination Designer Program!

This program is for existing Owlettes and BROs who turn 18 and transition into Independent Designers. The program provides personalized support, throughout their first year of being an Independent Designer, to help guide their progression and start them off strong in their new role. The program is designed to help them achieve important milestones faster, and our Senior Field Development Specialist Chelsea Larson will be providing four (4) Zoom Calls (one per quarter) to coach recently graduated Owlettes and BROs during their first year as a Designer. These Zoom Calls will be held in August 2019, November 2019, February 2020 and May 2020. We’ll post the dates, one month prior, on the Designer calendar on your Back Office Dashboard.

Owlette Program Updates + Look Whooo We Recognized at The 2019 O2 Experience!

Owlette Program Updates + Look Whooo We Recognized at The 2019 O2 Experience!

The Owlette Program is the foundation of Origami Owl®. Our Owlette Program teaches young girls and boys, youth ages 11-17, entrepreneurial and life skills. Being an Owlette or BRO (Boy Representing Origami Owl) builds confidence and gets them out of their comfort zone, while setting goals and getting recognized for their efforts. Our Owlettes and BROs are making a difference in the lives of others and their own.

And, we are so excited to announce the recipients of some special awards presented at The 2019 O2 Experience, as well as some updates to the Owlette Achievement Program.

Keep reading for more details!

2018-2019 Owlette Achievement Program Earners

Last year at The 2018 O2 Experience, we announced our NEW! Owlette Achievement Program. This new achievement program gives Owlettes and BROs the opportunity to earn an entire, exclusive look for achieving pillars in their business and the O2 mission statement. Get all the details on the jewelry pieces they earned here.

Congratulations to the following Owlettes and BROs who earned all five (5) pieces of jewelry to complete the look!

Shea Curtin
William DeCoursey IV
Kayla Edgar
Jaymee Gomez
Elizabeth Hendrickson
Taylor Hileman
Amanda Phillips
Ann-Ellise Phinney
Ethan Pierce
Sean Pierce
Kami Scheele
Grace Taylor

Congratulations to the following Owlettes and BROs who earned multiple pieces of jewelry!

Katie Berg
Sofia Jo Contreras
Aniyah Cropper
Cassidy Grover
Marlowe Kemp
Lainey May
Jade Rangel
Tristian Sylvester
Kelsea Whiting
Jada Cantu
Quentin Kurtz
Angelica Coleman
Alyssa Olmeda
Phoebe Davis
Kyle Tarpey
Grace Giol
Valeria Ybarra
Layla Goldman
Julianne Jorge

*Those who could not attend will be shipped the jewelry they earned after Convention.

We also added three, new, exclusive Charms to the Owlette Achievement Program for the 2019-2020 program period! Here’s the flyer with all the new Charms.

Owlette/BRO Force For Good Charm Winner

We received so many incredible submissions and ideas for potential Force For Good® Charms! We revealed the chosen, beautiful Charm at The O2 Experience and recognized Ethan Pierce for designing a “Mended Heart” Charm, which is a reminder to people that they can heal after a tragedy in their life. Ethan was inspired to sketch this Charm because he and his family witnessed the Las Vegas shooting tragedy. See Ethan’s beautiful sketch here.

One-hundred percent of the profits of the “Mended Heart” Force For Good Charm goes to Our Military Kids, an organization that supports children (ages 5-12th grade) of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, as well as those of wounded veterans from all service branches, with grants that provide up to $300 for a chosen sport, art or other activity. Participation in these activities helps military children cope with stress and build self-confidence while their parents are recovering or serving overseas.

TWO Owlette Education Award Recipients

We want to support our Owlettes and BROs whose goals are to continue their education at a university or technical school once they graduate from high school. On stage at The 2019 O2 Experience, we presented MeKendra Sloan and Quentin Kurtz a $2,000 check to help cover their continuing education costs.

Congratulations to MeKendra and Quentin!

Here’s a little about why this Owlette and BRO were chosen!

MeKendra Sloan

“Before joining Origami Owl, MeKendra’s confidence was at an all-time low. She was bullied and experienced social anxiety. But, through the Owlette Program, MeKendra has blossomed and proclaims, ‘the support and positivity that comes from the Owlette Program is amazing!’

One of the greatest things about becoming an Owlette, says MeKendra, is ‘being a Force For Good.’ During the past year, she has created and gifted several Lockets to kids with cancer. She loves to gift the Charm she designed, which was selected for the Owlette Force For Good Charm at last year’s Convention, as well as pieces from the Empowerment Collection to remind others ‘that they matter.’ MeKendra truly believes, ‘No one deserves to feel hopeless and alone.’

MeKendra strives to ‘Empower {people} to make a difference in the lives of others,’ and to lead by example.

Even though MeKendra’s family has experienced financial setbacks this year, it hasn’t stopped her from working toward the goal of becoming a pediatric neo-natal nurse. MeKendra has already started to pursue her post-secondary education and is determined to finance it on her own.

We think her desire to help others shines through, and she is truly deserving of a little ‘hand up,’ and that is why we are delighted to award one of this year’s Owlette Education Awards to MeKendra Sloan!”

Quentin Kurtz

“Quentin’s ‘why’ for joining Origami Owl almost seven years ago was to raise $3,200 to pay for a trip to the National Scouting Jamboree. He realized that goal quickly… and still considers it an honor to help Customers tell their stories by sharing their memories of triumphs and struggles in their own Living Lockets®.

In the fall of 2013, Quentin, his mom, and a small group of other direct sales vendors, created an event in Northern Colorado to raise money for small charities in the area. They called their event the Quarter Auction. They are now in their sixth year of charitable fund raising and have raised $62,000 so far – in quarters!

Service to his community has always been a part of Quentin’s family life – not only with Origami Owl, but also with scouting. During the winter of 2017, he embarked on a Boy Scout Eagle Project to construct a pergola for a local church’s memory garden. ‘The skills I developed with Origami Owl,’ says Quentin, ‘helped me direct my team of youth and adult helpers to achieve this.’

Quentin’s next big goal is to pursue his passion in Theater Stage Management. For the past two years, he has been a part of Fort Collins High School Tower Theater Group, and he wants to study this at Ohio University in the fall.

We believe Quentin’s selfless ‘Force For Good’ deeds are deserving of recognition and some pay-back educational funding. As such, we are extremely pleased to do so by selecting him as one of this year’s Owlette Education Award recipients!”

Congratulations to our 2019 Youth Council Members

The Youth Council gives Owlettes and BROs the opportunity to serve their peers in the Owlette Program and provide a youthful perspective, which is important in developing a strong program. Youth Council members represent their fellow Owlettes and BROs while making a difference and gaining leadership skills.

Shea Curtin – New York

Elizabeth Hendrickson – Florida

Marlowe Kemp – Canada

Selina Novello – Canada

Kami Scheele – Montana

Kelsea Whiting – California

Megan Hendrickson – Owlette Alumni – Florida

MeKendra Sloan – Owlette Alumni – Oklahoma

Phoebe Davis – New Mexico

Annette Enciso – Texas

Kayla Kauffman – Arizona

Jaden Saysanam – Texas

Read about their hopes for contributions and the impact the Owlette Program has had on their lives here.

Owlettes Graduate in Special Ceremony

We had 10 inspiring Owlettes and BROs graduate at this year’s Convention! These Owlettes and BROs were recognized during a mini, on-stage graduation ceremony where they proudly walked across the stage wearing their graduation cap, and were handed a certificate and a special Living Locket®, and, of course, given lots of hugs!

Here’s whooo we recognized at The 2019 O2 Experience:

Class of 2019:

Salome Alvarado

Kenneth Bertin Jr.

Mattea Callahan

Nita Ervin

Taylor Hileman

Sadie Melanson

Selina Novello

Juliana Sarwacinski

Brianna Standen

Class of 2018:

Emily Ridgway

Destination Designer Program: Post-Owlette Experience

Speaking of graduating Owlettes….we are extremely excited to announce our NEW! Destination Designer Program!

This program is for existing Owlettes and BROs who turn 18 and transition into Independent Designers. The program provides personalized support, throughout their first year of being an Independent Designer, to help guide their progression and start them off strong in their new role. The program is designed to help them achieve important milestones faster, and our Senior Field Development Specialist Chelsea Larson will be providing four (4) Zoom Calls (one per quarter) to coach recently graduated Owlettes and BROs during their first year as a Designer. These Zoom Calls will be held in August 2019, November 2019, February 2020 and May 2020. We’ll post the dates, one month prior, on the Designer calendar on your Back Office Dashboard.

Owlette Program: Owlette/BRO March Sales + Sponsoring Incentive

Owlette Program: Owlette/BRO March Sales + Sponsoring Incentive

The Owlette Program is the foundation of Origami Owl®. Our Owlette Program teaches young girls and boys, youth ages 11-17, entrepreneurial and life skills. Being an Owlette or BRO (Boys Representing Origami Owl) builds confidence and gets them out of their comfort zone, while setting goals and getting recognized for their efforts. Our Owlettes and BROs are making a difference in the lives of others and their own.

And, for the first time ever, we have a sales and sponsoring incentive for our Owlettes and BROs!

Our goal for this incentive is to encourage ownership, goal setting and focus, to help our Owlettes and BROs feel confident in sharing the jewelry by building confidence in themselves and their O2 business.

Here are all the details on the March Sales and Sponsoring Incentive!

Who: All current and new Owlettes and BROs who enroll/re-enroll during the incentive period

What: The first 25 Owlettes and BROs who fulfill the requirements will earn an O2 Branded Bomber Jacket

When: March 1 at 12 a.m. CT – March 31 at 11:59 p.m. CT

How:

The first 25 Owlettes and BROs* who:

  • Generate a minimum of 500 Personal Volume (PV)
  • Sponsor at least two (2) new Owlettes/BROs in March who each generate a minimum of 100 PV by March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT
  • Sell eight (8) of the Owlette Force For Good Charms (100% of the profits go to benefit Camp Sunshine and their Sponsor-a-family program that sends terminally ill children and their families to an all-expense paid camp retreat)

*Eligible to earn one (1) O2 Branded Bomber Jacket per Owlette/BRO.

How to Track:

Owlettes/BROs will need to submit the following information to Owlettes/BROs@origamiowl.com by March 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

  • The retail order number(s) depicting their sale(s) — (If the 500 PV is from a wholesale order for an event/Jewelry Bar®, the Owlette/BRO needs to send their wholesale order number explaining the event.)
  • Send the Designer ID numbers of the new Owlettes/BROs they sponsored so it can be verified that the new Owlettes/BROs reached a minimum of 100 PV to qualify.
  • Order number(s) for the sale of the eight (8) Force For Good Flower Charms

Here are the FAQs.

Owlette Education Award Submission Deadline March 31

We want to support our Owlettes and BROs whose goals are to continue their education at a university or technical school once they graduate from high school. Two Owlette/BRO recipients will be selected to receive the Owlette Education Award. We will recognize these individuals on stage at the 2019 O2 Experience Convention, and they will each receive a check for $2,000 to help cover their continuing education costs. The deadline to qualify for this award is March 31, 2019. Get all the details here.

2018-2019 Owlette Achievement Program Ends April 30

The Owlette Program is committed to living out the pillars of the Origami Owl mission: to be a Force For Good®; to love, inspire and motivate people of all ages to reach their dreams and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others. The four pillars that form the foundation of the Owlette experience are: sales, sponsoring, personal development and being a Force For Good. For each pillar and mission that’s achieved from August 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019, Owlettes and BROs will earn an exclusive piece of jewelry to create a special look. If you’re an Owlette or BRO whooo’s still working on earning all of these exclusive pieces of jewelry, you only have a month-and-a-half left before the 2018-2019 Owlette Achievement Program period ends on April 30 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Get all the details and your shareable flyer here.

Get Connected to the Owlette Program

If you’re part of an Owlette team and haven’t yet joined our O2 Owlettes Facebook group, what are you waiting for? Our Owlette Facebook group gives our Owlettes the chance to regularly interact with each other, receive personal messages from Origami Owl Co-Founder Bella Weems-Lambert, and get tips and training to grow their Origami Owl businesses!

Have an Owlette success spotlight story you’d like featured in an upcoming Hoot email? Email us at Recognition@OrigamiOwl.com.

Owlette Program: Congratulations to Our 2019 Youth Council

Owlette Program: Congratulations to Our 2019 Youth Council

Have you heard about the new O2 Youth Council?

The Youth Council gives Owlettes and BROs the opportunity to serve their peers in the Owlette Program and provide a youthful perspective, which is important in developing a strong program. Youth Council members represent their fellow Owlettes and BROs while making a difference and gaining leadership skills.

As you know, the Owlette Program is the foundation of Origami Owl®. Our Owlette Program teaches young girls and boys, youth ages 11-17, entrepreneurial and life skills. Being an Owlette or BRO (Boys Representing Origami Owl) builds confidence and gets them out of their comfort zone, while setting goals and getting recognized for their efforts. Our Owlettes and BROs are making a difference in the lives of others and their own.

Thank you to all the Owlettes, BROs and Alumni who sent in their submissions to participate in the Youth Council! The team at The Nest reviewed each submission carefully. There were so many wonderful ones that ultimately, it came down to the submissions that were focused on how they could help enhance the Owlette Program and engage other Owlettes. The Youth Council is a one-year term, so we highly encourage those who weren’t selected this year to try again next year!

We’re so proud of this year’s Council members and know they’re going to make a positive impact on the Owlette Program! Congratulations to our 2019 Youth Council members, listed below.

Shea Curtin – 13 years old – New York

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I hope to contribute my knowledge of social media selling, and my Force For Good® work as a part of the 2019 Youth Council.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The Owlette Program has had a big impact on my life. The program has given me a platform to continue various Force For Good projects. Because of Origami Owl, I was able to raise funds to donate over 1,000 care bags to children in hospitals.”

 

Phoebe Davis – 14 years old – New Mexico

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I’m so excited to be on the Youth Council this year again! I hope that our stories inspire other teens to go for it and overcome their fears. I hope I can help build the Owlette Program up and encourage other teens to not just grow their businesses, but grow as a person, too.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“Since becoming an Owlette, I’ve found so many new friendships! I’m very shy, and still am, and being a part of Origami Owl has helped me get over so many fears including public speaking. It has helped me find my voice! My anxiety isn’t so high anymore, and I love meeting new people now. Being a teen is sometimes hard. The friendships I’ve made with other Owlettes have helped me in so many ways. I’m so thankful for this opportunity!”

Annette Enciso – 17 years old – Texas

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“What I hope to contribute to the Youth Council this year is how to improve your time-management skills for all your activities so you still have time to sell and work your business.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The way the Owlette Program has impacted my life is by changing how scared and timid I used to be. I couldn’t approach an individual and ask them if they’ve heard of Origami Owl. Through this amazing program, I have blossomed into a social butterfly, and I couldn’t be more grateful!”

Elizabeth Hendrickson – 13 years old – Florida

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I hope to motivate others and help them be a Force For Good in everything they do. I hope I can inspire them and help them grow in their business, too.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“Origami Owl has impacted my life in so many amazing ways. It has given me confidence. It has inspired me to be a better person and a Force For Good. It has brought amazing friendships and role models into my life – who are always there for me. Most of all, Origami Owl has given me the opportunity to be a business owner. I can’t even express into words how grateful I am for everything Origami Owl has done for me.”

Kayla Kauffman – 16 years old – Arizona

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I hope to contribute feedback on how to enhance the Owlette Program. I want to have more trainings for Owlettes and BROs and make them feel like they have a voice in the program. I also want to help the Youth Council come up with great ideas for this year.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The Owlette Program has impacted my life because it has taught me skills that I could never learn in school. I have been taught how to run my own business and talk professionally in front of a crowd. It has also impacted my life because the stories that I hear are just truly amazing and inspiring. It makes me feel amazing when I am a Force For Good. I couldn’t have done this had it not been for the Owlette Program going out and teaching us how to run a business and what it means to be a Force For Good.”

Marlowe Kemp – 16 years old – Canada

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I hope to contribute new ideas and ways to expand the Owlette Program. I hope to make an impact on others, encourage them to step out of their comfort zones, and continue to use their voice and know their power.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The Owlette Program has impacted my life by giving me many experiences that I could never have imagined myself doing. It has helped me to gain a broader view of the power of youth, as well as helped me to grow as a person.”

 

Selina Novella – 17 years old – Canada

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“Some of the ideas I would like to contribute to the Youth Council are around mentorship and training for new Owlettes and BROs. I signed up two Owlettes underneath me who I bring to events and guide on how to talk to people. I also teach them about customer service and ask them to help set up and participate in Jewelry Bars®. I would also like to guide Owlettes and BROs on how to be more independent.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The Owlette Program has given me so much more than I could have ever imagined! I have been able to attend Conventions where I’ve gained a lot of personal growth. The Owlette Program has given me more tools in my toolbox for who I will become in the future. Origami Owl is so much more than just a jewelry company. They believe in the growth of their Owlettes and BROs. After I attended the 2018 Convention in Phoenix, I was blown away. I learned so much about myself and how to have a greater impact on the lives of others. I was also able to attend the 2019 L.E.A.D. O2 Empowerment Summit where I learned about how we all have different strengths and talents to contribute to a team. We were encouraged to select a word for our year and I chose ‘empowerment.’”

Kami Scheele – 11 years old – Montana

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“My goal this year while I’m on the Youth Council is to help grow the Owlette Program and provide more communication for my peers.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The Owlette Program has allowed me the opportunity to spend time with my mom (away from my four brothers). I also like that I can do things for others.”

 

Justin Stratton – 14 years old – Colorado

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I hope to contribute new ideas and fresh perspectives. This, I believe, will allow Origami Owl to reach new people and further its growth.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The Owlette Program has made a big impact on my life. I’ve learned a lot more about talking to other people and have started to learn about how to manage money, which, let me tell you, is way harder than it sounds.”

Kelsea Whiting – 16 years old – California

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“This year on the Youth Council, I hope to help Owlettes and BROs find their confidence and use it to create meaningful relationships with Customers! Not only will this confidence help them create relationships, but they will be able to convey the amazing information I know they all have to share!”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“When I was in 7th grade, I was terrified to speak in front of a crowd. I talked so fast that no one could understand me. As I started selling Origami Owl jewelry at events and Jewelry Bars®, I started to gain the confidence I needed to speak to a crowd of people. Now, I am the Northern California Executive Secretary/Treasurer for Future Business Leaders of America. I would not have had the confidence to run for these positions if it wasn’t for Origami Owl!”

Jaden Saysanam – 14 years old – Texas

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I would like to be a positive role model to all Owlettes and BROs. In an effort to develop brotherhood, I would like to connect with just the BRO Squad so they know they’re not the only boy selling Origami Owl with their mom.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The Owlette Program has made me feel more confident to help others in the business. I especially want to help the BROs, who sometimes feel uncomfortable selling Origami Owl and want to help their moms but worry about getting made fun of. Being a BRO has helped me learn to speak to Customers and learn how to engage in conversation, because I have to ask them about their life so I can help them create a Locket. It has also taught me the importance of setting goals and how to make a plan of action to achieve those goals.”

Megan Hendrickson – Owlette Alumni/Executive Team Leader – 20 years old – Florida

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I feel as a seasoned Owlette (Alumni) and Designer, I can bring many things, both new and old, to the Youth Council. I also feel I can help improve the program moving forward. I want to empower our Owlettes and BROs to overcome their fears, motivate our youth to be themselves and show them how they can effectively work toward – and accomplish – their goals with their Origami Owl business. I love to train, share my experiences and brainstorm!”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“Origami Owl and the Owlette Program have blessed me in more ways than just monetarily. When I started my journey I had just turned 15. I was so shy and lacked confidence. The Owlette Program molded me into someone who is now bold, fearless, outspoken, caring, strong and, ultimately, herself. The Owlette Program helped break me out of my shell and develop the person I was created to be. Origami Owl also gave me things I didn’t know I needed at a young age, like a team to mentor, help and grow as a leader with. The friends I have made in the Owlette Program, and this company, are truly priceless. They all mean so much to me. I also was honored to be named the Most Inspiring Owlette in 2016, which was so incredibly humbling. That experience taught me that anyone can be inspiring simply by being themselves. In 2017, I graduated from the Owlette Program and continue to grow my business as a Designer. I hope to continue to inspire other Owlettes and BROs to be the best they can be, to be themselves and use this program to its fullest potential in their own lives. I thank God for bringing Origami Owl into my life.”

MeKendra Sloan – Owlette Alumni/Senior Designer – 18 years old – Oklahoma

What do you hope to contribute to the 2019 Youth Council?

“I want all the Owlettes and BROs to know that we are here to cheer them on and help in any, and every, way we can. As an Owlette Alumni, I also think it’s important to reach out to those Owlettes and BROs who are graduating this year, to support them in transitioning to a Designer.”

How has the Owlette Program impacted your life?

“The Owlette Program has impacted my life in many ways. I have been able to step out of my own comfort zone and meet new people – something I never thought I would be able to do. I overcame social anxiety, which was hard. The Owlette Program has made me unafraid of going out and trying new things. I used to fear standing in front of people and presenting assignments; that has since gone away. I just amazes me how much I never thought I would be able to overcome my social anxiety and now, being able to tell myself I did it! Our Owlette Program is pretty amazing. It isn’t just Origami Owl that we celebrate. We celebrate and cheer each other on in the Owlette Program and that’s the best part to me!”

Get Connected to the Owlette Program

If you’re part of an Owlette team and haven’t yet joined our O2 Owlettes Facebook group, what are you waiting for? Our Owlette Facebook group gives our Owlettes the chance to regularly interact with each other, receive personal messages from Origami Owl Co-Founder Bella Weems-Lambert, and get tips and training to grow their Origami Owl businesses!

Have an Owlette success spotlight story you’d like featured in an upcoming Hoot email? Email us at Recognition@OrigamiOwl.com.

Owlette Program: Owlette Education Award Rules + Qualifications

Owlette Program: Owlette Education Award Rules + Qualifications

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Our Owlette Program is the foundation of Origami Owl®. Our Owlette Program teaches young girls and boys, youth ages 11-17, entrepreneurial and life skills. Being an Owlette or BRO (Boys Representing Origami Owl) builds confidence and gets them out of their comfort zone, while setting goals and getting recognized for their efforts. Our Owlettes and BROs are making a difference in the lives of others and their own.

This month’s spotlight is on our NEW, annual Owlette Education Award!

As we announced at the 2018 O2 Experience Convention, we want to support our Owlettes and BROs whose goals are to continue their education at a university or technical school once they graduate from high school.

Two Owlette/BRO recipients will be selected to receive the Owlette Education Award. We will recognize these individuals on stage at the 2019 O2 Experience Convention, and they will each receive a check for $2,000 to help cover their continuing education costs.

Here’s the Owlette Education Award flyer you can share with your team.

Here’s what you need to know about the Owlette Education Award

Contest period: January 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019

Qualifications:

  1. Must have been an Owlette/BRO for at least one year at the start of the contest period – January 1, 2019
  2. Must be in good standing, as determined by Origami Owl
  3. Must be a senior in high school and have not attended college at the start of the contest period
  4. Must be a “graduating Owlette/BRO” (will be graduating from high school in 2019)
  5. Attendance at the 2019 O2 Experience is not required for consideration, but strongly recommended, as there will be special on-stage recognition

Rules: Owlettes/BROs may enter the contest by submitting an essay with answers to the following questions, along with a photo, to Owlettes@OrigamiOwl.com.

  1. When did you join the Owlette Program? (month, day and year)
  2. Why should you be considered for the Owlette Education Award?
  3. What are your plans for the award if you are chosen?
  4. What have you learned from the Owlette Program both personally and professionally?
  5. How have you incorporated Origami Owl’s mission statement into your life?

Please also submit a photograph of yourself showcasing your involvement in the Owlette Program. You may also submit a video as part of your entry (optional).

Judging: The two Owlette Education Award recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges via an independent award committee outside of Origami Owl. The committee is looking for originality – so be creative! They will be judging on content, overall impact, demonstration of commitment to the Owlette Program and Origami Owl’s mission.

Parents or Legal Guardians: Please read the Owlette Education Award Contest Official Rules and sign the Affidavit of Parental Consent for your Owlette/BRO to be considered for the Owlette Education Award.

Owlette Achievement Program Period Ends April 30, 2019

We hope our Owlettes and BROs are loving the Owlette Achievement Program so far! You still have until April 30, 2019 to earn exclusive pieces of jewelry to include in a special look! So, keep hosting Jewelry Bars®, being a Force For Good®, leading team meetings, attending Zoom Calls, etc.! We’re so proud of how you’re growing personally and professional!

Here’s the Owlette Achievement Program flyer for all the details.

Get Connected to the Owlette Program

If you’re part of an Owlette team and haven’t yet joined our O2 Owlettes Facebook group, what are you waiting for? Our Owlette Facebook group gives our Owlettes the chance to regularly interact with each other, receive personal messages from Origami Owl Co-Founder Bella Weems-Lambert, and get tips and training to grow their Origami Owl businesses!

Have an Owlette success spotlight story you’d like featured in an upcoming Hoot email? Email us at Recognition@OrigamiOwl.com.