Hey everyone :3
A couple weeks ago, my English teacher assigned my class an assignment— an ‘Innovation‘ Project.
The goal was to go out into the world and make a change, whether it was a big or minimal one.
Unlike my classmates who spent a bit of time thinking of what to do, I already had an idea in mind.
You see, before this project was assigned, I had already started a little business for myself at my school. I called it: “Nyny’s Bakery“.
Of course, the bakery funds were used for my own recreational use. However, for the purpose of this project, I made it a mission of mine to donate all of the funds I earned from my business to the Salvation Army Hospitality House; which is a homeless shelter located in Orange County.
Since I had started up my business a while ago, I had plenty of opportunities to learn from those mistakes and make this round a lot easier. For example, back then, I had a ‘menu’ of sorts that allowed people to see the pricing and the items I sold, and in which they were able to pre-order from. I mainly sold fried Oreo’s, chocolate strawberries, and banana breads; and then would package them in handmade boxes.
It was way too much of a hassle.
So, learning from that mistake, I adopted a ‘first-come-first-served’ method in how I sold my desserts this time. Basically, I would bake as much as I wanted when I felt like it, and then would sell the items the next day. In this way, I was able to manage my time properly and make different desserts each and every time.
In order to advertise for my bakery, I used social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I would frequently update my followers on what I’d be selling the next day, as well as the pricing for it. By the end of the project, I had only 3 followers on Twitter, but around 105 likes on Facebook and 41 followers on Instagram.
In then end, I was able to raise more than $150 in three weeks towards the Salvation Army Hospitality House!
I’m not going to lie, I feel very proud that I was able to run my own business and social media accounts for the sake of charity. I feel like I was able to make a difference in the world, even if it was only $150.
It really is an amazing thing to be able to do something you’re passionate about and make an impact at the same time. I feel like this project instilled a desire within me to do something with my career in the future that’ll at least change one person’s life.
P.S I created a slideshow that somewhat documented my experience with this project, so if you would like, by all means check it out! :3
Nyny’s Bakery: The Journey ( o .o)/