“I run a YouTube channel with 300 subscribers that’s focused on gaming. I’ve always been interested in tech stuff. In the past I was a huge procrastinator—with school, chores, even my YouTube channel—but Rêve Academy has helped me build a stronger work ethic.
Now I get my work done at a reasonable time and I try to work hard. Just yesterday I was doing a little work from home on my project because we needed to get it done.”
// Positive thinker, team player, fast learner
// A student at South High School
// Starting my own business
Presenting a digital prototype of his product idea, GoMoLight, and posing with teammates next to Rêve Academy’s 3D printer.
“My product idea is the GoMoLight, a solar-powered phone case that charges your cell phone battery all day. I came up with it by thinking about what I would want from a new product. My phone battery dies on me all the time, and even when I carry a battery to charge it, it’s a hassle. Phone case batteries exist but they run out of battery and then you have to plug it in. I’m on the go a lot, so I thought, ‘What if the sun could charge it?’.
Having my idea be chosen as the team’s final project was very exciting. I put so much effort in, so to have it pay off was an amazing feeling.”
Brian and his teammates showing off their business idea at Revival, a one-day accelerator for digital professionals.
“In school, at home, wherever I’m at, I’m usually the one following. I don’t usually step into leadership roles, I let other people do that. Now I’m being pushed into it.
At first I was nervous but now I feel that it’s good for me. I’m more confident in my work after this experience. My idea was chosen over the other product ideas, which were also great. And in our project for Revival, I was asked to be CEO of the business.
I’m new to the whole leadership thing, but I’m working on it. I try to help direct people in my group. Sometimes group members stop focusing, which is when I say, ‘So what do you think? What do you think we could do?’. I want to try to start a business and I need leadership skills for that. So it’s definitely gonna help me in the future.”
Brian gained both technical and professional skills in his internship—and he didn’t have to pay a cent. In fact, we paid him a fair wage for his work each week, while he learned:
// Project management
// Agile development
Rêve Academy’s student interns of summer 2016.
Become a digital volunteer and help our interns as they work on real-world projects. Or show our kids what an ordinary day looks like for a working professional. There are lots of ways to get involved, so don’t be shy—we can’t wait to meet you!