Over the last year, organizations and educational institutions across the world encountered both momentous challenges and monumental changes—and VE was no exception. While the 2020-21 school year included two celebration-worthy achievements—VE’s 25th anniversary and reaching the milestone of having served 200,000 students since 1996—our focus was fixed on ensuring that students remained engaged in their VE classes despite the move to remote and hybrid learning environments.
Due to the versatility of VE’s program delivery, we were able to pivot quickly at the start of the pandemic to adapt our curriculum and meet the evolving realities of remote learning. In doing so, VE helped to ensure that students’ learning continued uninterrupted during the 2020-21 school year. Similarly, we arranged virtual meet-and-greet sessions between VE classes and business professionals and launched an online trade show platform that enabled students and teachers to take part in one of VE’s signature learning experiences despite not being able to interact in person. By quickly implementing these changes, VE stayed on track and helped transform the lives of 18,000 students from 441 schools—half of which were in under-resourced areas.
As you will read in the following pages, these were not the only highlights of this historic school year. During 2020-21, 8,000 students and 600 judges took part in VE’s annual Youth Business Summit, which was conducted virtually. And in response to our end-of-year survey, 92% of students reported that they learned how to work as a team in addition to 94% teacher satisfaction. We were enormously encouraged by these results and are continuing to build on these successes.
Our ability to thrive in the face of unprecedented challenges is rooted not only in the versatility of the VE curriculum, but also in the resilience and resourcefulness of VE ‘s board, staff, volunteers, corporate partners, teachers, students, school administrators, supporters and parents. Without the efforts of every member of the VE community, we would not have been able to complete our mission of transforming students through authentic business experiences that prepare them to become the dynamic business leaders who will guide our economic recovery and inspire future innovation.
On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your continued support and enduring belief in the power of VE.
Virtual Enterprises International