Every class is led by a different Guest-Instructor. These are experts in their field who immerse students in their career for a day via hands-on experiences and guided field trips. Each class is crafted by the Guest-Instructor and BFE directors to introduce students to worlds previously unknown to them, and open their eyes to new possible futures.
Who You Will Meet
Two Program Instructors attend each class to offer continuous guidance, prepare students for field trips, handle logistics, and encourage focused reflection at the end of each class. They sharpen students’ writing skills with thoughtful assignments, and the exploration of interests and future passions.
Visiting-Mentors attend select classes alongside students. They are high-performing professionals from a variety of fields, interested in sharing their career stories with students and participating in class experiences. Students may be paired with visiting-mentors based on interests expressed in their program application, which could include former Olympians, CEO’s, venture capitalists, restaurant owners, architects, and more.
Students accepted into BFE are highly motivated with a desire to develop friendships with other young emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds and interests.
Your Program Instructors
Jonathan Shanin is the founder of Benjamin Franklin Experience. Jonathan has excelled in many careers, including naval architecture, online marketing, and philanthropy. He brings a long history in photography, storytelling, and filmmaking to students, with past projects including mini-documentary production for the United States Embassy Association related to the need for increased medical care in the Amazon rainforest. Jonathan is a former member of the U.S. National Team in kayaking.
Ellen Edwards graduated from Wofford College in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Humanities and a minor in Business. Ellen studied abroad with the SIT International Honors Program, spending 16-weeks living with host families while studying Urban Planning through a social justice lens. This program took her all over the world— to New York City; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Dakar, Senegal and Hanoi, Vietnam. Ellen greatly enjoys spending time outside, hiking in beautiful national parks, playing intermurals with friends, or sitting on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Please note: we are currently in the process of finalizing our course schedules. Our Guest-Instructors have very busy schedules, and inspirational experiences take a huge amount of planning. Final BFE course schedules will be published at the end of March/beginning of April.
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Greenville, SC, 29602