Rhode Island PBS is working with a team of students in the Bryant University course MGT200 Management Principles and Practice.
As part of the course, students integrate in a hands-on way the project planning concepts and theories they learned by building a business plan for a chosen non-profit organization. The team of students chose Flying Kites, headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, and operating a home and a Feinstein Junior Scholars Academy in Kinangop, Kenya.
Rhode Island PBS is helping with the marketing and publicity aspect of the students' business plan. We bring attention to the students' project with their chosen organization by creating what we hope is a fun and educational project for Rhode Island PBS children and parents.
As we explain here, we invite your child to connect with a child in Kinangop, Kenya, through a picture project. It can be as simple or elaborate as your child's imagination. A short message from your child would also be welcome!
Send us the art work or photo by mail or email, and we will make sure it gets to the children in Kinangop. Please note that for Rhode Island PBS to send your child a thank you gift for participating, you must include your child's name, your name, and your mailing address. We do not share, rent, or sell this information with any other organization. BACK
About Bryant University
Throughout its 150-year history, Bryant University has earned a distinguished reputation for innovative academic programs and technology that are marketplace driven and highly attuned to the emerging needs of industry and society. Bryant's close-knit, student-centered community of scholars delivers challenging academic programs that integrate business and the arts and sciences, with an emphasis on real-world application and a global perspective. Abundant co-curricular opportunities, service learning programs, internships, and practicums allow students to put theory into practice while building character and leadership skills. BACK
About the course
MGT200 Management Principles and Practice (from the Bryant University Course Catalog)
The dominant focus of this course is to help students integrate management theories into a coherent framework for management practice. It is the intent of this course to provide novice business professionals state of the art management knowledge to act effectively and think decisively. Students will be exposed to the historical classics of Management Theory, as well as the four pillars of managerial behavior: planning, leading, organizing, and controlling. BACK
About Flying Kites
It is estimated that there are over 2 million orphaned children in Kenya. The vision of Flying Kites is to provide these vulnerable children with the care and resources they need to build exceptional lives, families, and communities. Flying Kites believes that the best place for these children to be is within extended family networks. In 2007, Flying Kites began building a home and school in Kenya to offer some of the world's poorest children access to high-quality care. Through their commitment to exemplary care and education, they help children reclaim their childhood and grow to reach their full potential.
Leila de Bruyne, a graduate of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and author of the video letter on the right, developed the Flying Kites model after spending years volunteering with nonprofits in various orphanages in Kenya. After raising significant amounts of money for countless children in need, it became apparent to them that their efforts weren't making the difference they were seeking: larger systematic changes needed to be made to impact the children's opportunities for a future. This realization was the catalyst for Flying Kites. BACK