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.