The Origami Owl® Owlette Program, for youth 11-17, not only teaches young girls and boys important life skills while earning money, it also helps them meet new friends and 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!
Owlette Spotlight on Success
In September, these three Owlette teams not only took initiative in their businesses, they’re also making memories and growing even closer as a team!
Owlette Veronica Gutierrez and her mom, Rosa Gutierrez, Executive Designer, have been working their Origami Owl business together for almost two years.
“September was so great! I feel like I have evolved more as an Owlette. I’m sharing Origami Owl with friends and staff at my high school. I made my first sale by myself, which led to five sales by myself in total. I felt so confident in myself that I made an O2 binder so it’s easier to show jewelry that’s not included in the Take Out Menu for a quick reference guide when someone asks me a question. In September, my mom and I achieved Storybuilder, which was one of our short-term goals. The one thing I’m most proud of accomplishing last month was that I, as Freshman Council President, got our council to have an O2 fundraiser in October to raise money for our homecoming float and other Class of 2021 activities. I’ve also been talking about the Owlette Program with my friends who seem interested. I’m hoping they’ll join our team soon!”
Owlette Sarah Barker and her grandma, Pat Sugg, Executive Designer, have been working together since 2014.
“We’ve been working together since 2014. Sarah was just 11 when she started helping me at small vendor events and joining me at local SOAR and team events. She’s able to set up our booth with very little help, and answers most questions that Customers have. Our goal is always to do better than the last event and learn by our mistakes. After each event, we have a meeting to talk about what we could do different and what worked. Sarah does most of the signage for our tables and loves creating the displays. She attended her first O2 Experience in Orlando in 2016. On the way home from Convention, she told me she needed to be booking Jewelry Bars so we could go to Phoenix. We made it! Most of our events are fundraisers and being a Force For Good. We support two local organizations all year – Sophie and Madigan’s Playground in Maryland and Freeze Bullying for Payton in Virginia.”
Pat is most proud of how the Owlette Program has enabled Sarah to gain self-confidence as she presents our jewelry to peers and adults. She truly believes they are partners “For Good!”
Owlette Mackenzie Fleming and her mom, Misty Fleming, Team Leader, have been working together since 2016.
“Over the entire month last month, Mackenzie would wear her Locket. Every time that someone would ask her what it was or what was in her Locket, she would be able to tell them about how Origami Owl supports different organizations each month. She was able to share how last month’s Force For Good was to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. Over the month, Mackenzie sold eight Force For Good Lockets. As she sold those Lockets, and we worked together to share the O2 love with everyone we met, we were able to sell some of the new Fall/Winter Collection and tell more people about Origami Owl. In doing all of this, we achieved Dreambuilder. I know this excited her and has motivated her to continue to make new goals each month and see how we can achieve them together. I don’t feel that I would have been as successful this month without her encouragement. She even surprised me with a video that she made to represent our team. It speaks volumes to me about how our relationship has continued to grow and how passionate she is for the business. I’m so proud of all this young lady has done!”