One of our favorite parts about The O2 Experience is recognizing YOU! With recognition happening throughout the event, we wanted to give you a peek at just a few of the special awards we shared.
Congratulations to our Stronger Together Award recipients!
These special awards were given in honor of our first-ever virtual event and they were nominated by our Origami Owl Founders for doing incredible things in their communities and businesses!
Note: If you attended The O2 Experience and received recognition that includes an award or certificate, please keep in mind that we will be sending it to you in the next month.
Congratulations to Our Young Entrepreneurs
The Young Entrepreneurs Program is the foundation of Origami Owl®. Our Young Entrepreneurs 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.
We received so many incredible submissions and ideas for potential Force For Good® Charms! We revealed the chosen, touching Charm during the virtual O2 Experience and recognized Eliana Perez-Flores for designing a “You are Loved” Charm. Read more here.
Two Young Entrepreneur 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. During the virtual 2020 O2 Experience, we announced the recipients of a $2,000 check to help cover their continuing education costs – Selina Novello and Taylor Hileman.
Congratulations, Selina and Taylor!
Here’s a little about why these Owlettes were chosen!
Taylor joined Origami Owl a little over four years ago when she begged her mom to let her sign up and work the business all by herself. She never could have imagined the way Origami Owl would change her life forever. Through the Young Entrepreneurs Program, Taylor found strength, gained a love for giving back to others, learned that there is nothing like human connection, and ultimately, found herself and who she is meant to be. She has learned how to set goals, and reach them, such as promoting to Senior Team Leader, earning her way to attend four Conventions, and even earning an incentive trip (all on her own) to Punta Cana.
Taylor has worked hard to cover most of her own college tuition for her first year with scholarships. She will be attending Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida and majoring in Anthropology. Through Anthropology, Taylor will be able to help others realize the importance of animals and their habitats, as well as help protect animals who so desperately need our help. Her goal is to work in marine rescue, and she has already been working hard to build the relationships she needs to land her dream job when she graduates with her bachelor’s degree. She would like to earn her degree without the use of student loans and is short $5,000 for her first year of college.
With Origami Owl, Selina, an Owlette from Canada, spreads light, love, and happiness everywhere she goes, and she is grateful for that. Our mission statement is incorporated into her life and heart forever. She believes it is the best thing that has happened to her! Selina confidently feels like she has become the best version of herself because of Origami Owl and the Young Entrepreneurs Program. She has struggled with learning disabilities of high anxiety, poor working memory and dyslexia. After finding a school with an amazing community and support system, she was able to overcome these obstacles and has achieved Top Academic Achievement Awards ever since.
Selina also believes that Origami Owl has given her a positive and creative outlet to explore and conquer her disabilities. Selina has learned from Origami Owl that: you are exactly where you are supposed to be, and going through what you are going through, because it takes every situation to help get you where you are; fear only exists in our minds, it does not actually exist; nothing can stop you but yourself, the only one that can change you is you; and be a light in this world and spread kindness.
Selina’s experience as a Young Entrepreneur has given her more than she could have ever imagined, both personally and professionally. With everything she has learned from being a Young Entrepreneur, and running her own business, Selina has realized that she is passionate about business and entrepreneurship. She plans to pursue this in college at Mount Royal University.
Congratulations to our 2020 Young Entrepreneurs Council Members
The Young Entrepreneurs Council gives Owlettes and BROs the opportunity to serve their peers in the Young Entrepreneurs Program and provide a youthful perspective, which is important in developing a strong program. Young Entrepreneurs Council members represent their fellow Owlettes and BROs while making a difference and gaining leadership skills.
Young Entrepreneurs Graduate in Special Ceremony
We had 16 inspiring Owlettes and BROs graduate during this year’s virtual O2 Experience!
Here’s whooo we recognized at the virtual 2020 O2 Experience:
Class of 2020: