Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy

Young Entrepreneurs    Spring 2024    

​All students must complete a project for these classes.

Grade: 7-12
Format: In-person 
Location: 117 W Ferry St. Berrien Springs  - Studio is located above the Rabbit Yarn shop. Parking is on the street and the entrance is in the back. (Look for the green Prosper Arts signs)


  • Heather West: 269-351-2351 (call or text)
  • Classes begin the week of Jan. 24 (no classes Mar. 18-22) through April 17 Student Gallery Expo in May- time/place TBD
  • Yes; you will receive an email ahead of time with a waiver to sign


In this class students will learn the basics of starting their own business.  They will learn how to format and create online product listings or build a website, conduct market research, select a target audience, optimize search engines, and how to ship products or deliver on services offered.  Each student will have to design and make at least one product/service to sell.  Studio supplies will be available for making various creative projects and will assist students in their creations.  Students may need to bring some additional supplies from home.

Every student will end the class within online presence on a marketing platform such as Etsy, Facebook, Instagram or Square e-commerce site.

Every student will need to have tablet or laptop to from from during class and access to a bank account and routing number with at least $20 available of your own funds if setting up an e-commerce site.  This can be a youth account or a parent's checking or savings account.  The cost to set up a site is minimal.

Young Entrepreneurs Syllabus


Creating with purpose

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.

Teacher of Record: Lisa VanPlew-Cid