If you would not be forgotten As soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worth reading, Or do things worth the writing.
Benjamin Franklin Experience (BFE)is a summer program in Greenville, SC open to teens ages 14 – 18. Our two-week courses are inspired by Ben Franklin’s incredible career as a businessman, inventor, diplomat, scientist, and writer.
BFE exposes students to a wide variety of careers via day-long experiences, each lead by an expert in their profession. Fields include STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), art, journalism, law, medicine, and more. One day we work with an environmental scientist in a mountain stream; the next, we may be cutting a music track for a TV show.
Throughout these experiences, students refine their individual talents in leadership, teamwork, writing excellence, creative problem solving, and verbal communication. Each student builds a portfolio of professionally edited written and visual work, bolstering their college applications.
Discover the career that really inspires you, that would make you happy
Connect what you learn in school to skills you will actually need in the workforce
Learn how to meet expectations of real-world employers, and go out and get the career you really want
Benefits of Participation
Create connections with dozens of new people—like-minded students, inspirational professionals, and mentors—from awide variety of careers and backgrounds that you might not otherwise have a chance to meet.
Certificate of Learning
Receive a Certificate of Learning that builds your resume for colleges or employers to let them know about the skills you develop in class.
Learn About Yourself
Learn about your own strengths and weaknesses by taking a test that assesses skills that all employers look for.
Develop a Portfolio
Develop a Portfolio of Writing that describes your journey through the program, which can also be presented to colleges and employers as an example of your skills.
Receive career guidance on how to get where you want to go. Have the chance to ask for real-world, practical advice on how to get started in a career that matters to you, and learn what a day-in-the-life really looks like.