Benjamin Franklin Experience (BFE) prepares students for the 21st Century workforce, inspiring them toward aspirational careers. As students discover their own interests and talents, they learn skills employers need most—leadership, business etiquette, teamwork, writing excellence, creative problem solving, and verbal communication.
A large component of the program’s success is a result of students’ interactions with high-performing mentors. During the program, students hear learn how accomplished professionals attained their careers and found personal fulfillment.
“We rely on prestigious mentors who are generous and open in sharing their stories. Overcoming poverty, failure, relationship issues, health issues, discrimination, rejection, working three jobs, financing school, being flat broke, taking risks, getting fired, learning disabilities—whatever the obstacle—students hear what accomplished members of the business community did to overcome hurdles to arrive where they are today. It’s powerful,” explains Founder and Executive Director, Jonathan Shanin.
Benjamin Franklin Experience is calling for Visiting-Mentors who are eager to help students find the path to their dream lives and careers to participate in select experiences alongside students.
Courses run from June through August from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Interested Mentors may attend morning, lunch, or afternoon sessions only—or the entire day (preferred).
Benjamin Franklin Experience is thrilled to announce that Michael Rhett McCarthy has joined the team as program coordinator.
“Michael is an incredible asset to BFE. His warmth and passion for improving the lives of students is matched by keen business sense, drive, and diverse knowledge of non-profits. We can’t wait to see him in action,” says BFE Founder, Jonathan Shanin.
Michael will work directly with students and parents, and liaise with BFE business partners to facilitate life-changing experiences this summer. Diverse skills gained as Project Coordinator of the Greenwood Indicators Project—and Humane Educator and Volunteer Coordinator for the Humane Society of Greenwood—will serve Michael well as he manages the complicated logistics, and dozens of relationships, required to make BFE a success.
“I’m excited to wake up everyday to show BFE students that they can be the best version of themselves, in whatever career sparks them,” says Michael.
Michael received a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Charleston and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Clemson University. He is recognized as a Competent Communicator and Competent Leader through Toastmasters International, and has completed Together SC’s Carolina Leadership Seminar for nonprofit leaders. Michael aims to be a model of civic engagement and has participated at the leadership level with Greenwood SC Rotary Club, Connect Young Professionals, and Ten at the Top.
Michael is a Greenville native, and is happy to be returning to local family and friends.