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Spotlight: Murrieta Valley High School VE

Recently, a dear friend and client of mine, Autumn, reached out to me with a question. Autumn is an awesome friend who always has your back, and an amazing mom with a wonderful family.

One of my favorite side benefits of being an all-service photographer is the opportunity that it gives me to help support organizations within my own community. So when Autumn asked if I was willing to donate a session to help support a program that her daughter Natalie participates in at Murrieta Valley High School called Virtual Enterprises International, I was definitely willing to help.

Virtual Enterprises International (VE) is “an educational nonprofit transforming students into business professionals by bringing the workplace into the classroom. VE works with schools and districts to implement a year-long, credited class that provides students with an authentic, collaborative business and entrepreneurship experience through its live global business simulation model.” By integrating curriculum from business, personal finance, economics, and technology, students are able to learn lessons that will prepare them to work in the real world of business.

Photo courtesy of @safensoundve

In MVHS Virtual Enterprise, students work together in teams to complete all aspects pertaining to starting a business. Such assignments include developing a business name, logo, company catalog, business plan, employee manual, business cards, flyers, company shirts, company website, commercial and company newsletter. The class is divided into assorted departments including sales, marketing, accounting, HR, etc. and run like a real corporation, dealing with daily issues faced by all companies like budgeting, staff disciplinary issues, and marketing strategies. The students compete against other high schools around the country in a trade show type environment where they present their ad campaigns and attempt to sell their products.

This past week, Natalie’s class competed in the State Finals and took 2nd place!! They will be traveling to Nationals in NYC later this year. I am so proud of these kids and their hard work. Programs like VE will help prepare the next generation to be successful, contributing members of society. Best of luck in New York guys!

For more information about Murrieta Valley High School’s Virtual Enterprises program, visit their website:

You can follow MVHSVE on Instagram @mvhs_ve and Natalie’s team, SafeNSound on Instagram @SafensoundVE

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