We know that young people are the future, so we want to empower them with the skills and knowledge to do great things and build on the experience of others. We started the B Better Foundation to give youth a better chance. We have a strong corporate culture towards helping and giving back, because a lot of us have been there. These are the projects that we are currently working on. You can make a difference and we encourage you get involved.
B Better Foundation
The B Better foundation is the hub of our charity and community engagement activities. Our mission is to provide opportunities, education and resources for children and at-risk youth. Steve Cody, our founder, grew up with a single mother. Moving from housing project to housing project and school to school, Steve was slipping through the cracks. With his mother’s encouragement and his grandfather’s support, entrepreneurship pulled Steve and his family out of their cycle of constant moving.
Say No For Nick
Nick Cody died close to 1:00 a.m. on June 24th, 2013. He was a drug user. Say No for Nick is an organization that was started to tell his story and share how people like you can help.
This isn’t a place to judge, the way so many people do when they hear the word “drug” or “addict”. This organization is here to shed a light on someone who struggled with drugs and ultimately lost the battle. We know Nick would want us to spread the message about how drugs can affect you. It is a long, hard battle and some people just don’t know how to break the cycle they are trapped in. Nick never intended on drugs entering his life. He was particularly Anti-Drugs for the longest time. We want people to know they have a choice; to know they have support and resources they can turn to.
You only live once... why not give it all you’ve got?
B Better Youth Entrepreneurship Program
We created a program designed to nurture dreamers, challenge creatives, and provide a basic foundation for builders. The best part of being an entrepreneur is the ability to do things your own way. That’s exactly how we want participants to tackle this; in their own, unique way.
The program will navigate the basics of planning and starting a small business and give youth the opportunity to learn fundamental business and personal skills. We provide a series of workshops, focused on providing a fun and interactive environment and featuring guest speakers who specialize in different areas of business.
At the end of the program, all participants are given the chance to pitch their business or product idea – “Dragon’s Den” style. A panel of expert judges will assess the concept based on viability, creativity, passion, uniqueness, and confidence. Two winners, one boy and one girl, are awarded with a $1,200 bursary and matched with a mentor.
If you would like to register for the program, you can sign up through the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. The program varies in length, but the value of the lesson is always the same.
We are thrilled to be working alongside the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa to provide this program. We wholeheartedly support their mission to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life. Together, we’re building Ottawa’s next generation of entrepreneurs.