Business skills developed, equality message promoted

Working in their business roles on the equality project are (from left) Taylor Shaw, Molly McKenna, Jackson Adcock and Leah Doig. Absent: George Ryan and Catelyn Glanville.

A Year 10 business group from Ashburton College is involved in a project that is raising awareness around racism and equity and aims to make a profit through product sales to give to charity KidsCan.

The group is made up of six innovation students who have combined their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm.

Each has a different role to play in the business venture.

Last term the group studied racism in more detail on the project, and brain-stormed ideas.

They have just finished the product design for t-shirts and tote bags and are ready to promote and market the business.

The business team is led by chief executive officer Taylor Shaw and includes Molly McKenna (design and development), George Ryan (marketing), Jackson Adcock (finance), Leah Doig (logistics) and Catelyn Glanville (marketing).

Taylor said the students were using skills learnt across a number of subjects at school and using real life scenarios typical in a small business.

She hoped one day to run her own business and was learning a lot and developing important leadership skills.

Molly McKenna said she had learnt about about a number of facets of small business.

The project had taught the team the importance of being organised and time-managed, she said.

The t-shirts and tote bags come with various designs that promote equality.

T-shirts cost $30 and have a profit margin of $17 each, said Taylor, while the tote bags cost $20 and have a profit margin of $5.

The group hoped to sell at least 25 of each, but much more, if possible.

Profits would go to the worthy charity KidsCan, said Taylor.

Selling is being done via Instagram (@theequalityproject), through order forms posted around the school, or by emailing to

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