The Bee2Bee Network Teaches Young Professionals a Lesson in "Paying it Forward."

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The best gift that you can give a young professional today is a job – but not just any job, an opportunity for them to learn, grow and create their own futures. That is what the Bee2Bee Network is about.

A group of Young Professionals at the Bee2Bee Network are getting a lesson in paying it forward and the latest Google Virtual Reality software and at no cost to them or their families.

The Bee2Bee Network will be launching the first virtual 3D mall in the US using Google's Virtual Tour Technology. Soon you will be able to take a look inside local stores and malls without actually stepping foot onto the property. Local businesses can now affordably market their businesses online 24/7 thanks to the Bee2Bee Network's new application.

Yasmine Clarke, a 20-year software industry veteran, former software engineer and corporate trainer is the founder of the Bee2Bee Network, a non-profit which teaches young professionals how to code and the very latest in Agile/Lean software application development at no cost to them or their families. The Bee2Bee Network is also the first Digital Agency Internship Program in the country which is also operated by Young Professionals ages (12-24).

The Bee2Bee Network’s mission is to introduce Young Professionals to the many new skills and opportunities that are available in the technology industry while helping small businesses with their social media and technology needs at a reasonable cost. Ms. Clarke left her comfortable six-figure salary with an international consulting firm and used her own money to fund this initiative because she wants to make a difference in the future of American Young Professionals within the technology industry.

According to Ms. Clarke, “We are building talent that is made in America. There are so many highly skilled opportunities that are available but often go unfilled or outsourced to other countries because of the perception that we do not have qualified talent here in the US to fill those opportunities."

The Bee2Bee Network Internships are the ideal solution for the young professional before or after graduation. According to Ms. Clarke, "The longer a young professional waits to develop and or utilize his or her skills, before or after graduation, the less marketable he or she will be to the industry. In the technology industry, this lag time can be exponentially detrimental to a young professionals' future prospects".

The Bee2Bee Network's consortium of academic and industry partners include Kathleen Lee, a national award-winning Service Learning Expert formerly of Microsoft School of the Future and top industry technology experts and instructors in the nation including Chris Sardinas of CS3 Design.

In addition, their projects are hand-picked to mirror the most in-demand skills and technologies which the market is looking for. For the small business, the Bee2Bee Network offers very sophisticated solutions for small business such as a Google Virtual Tour and social media marketing tools from vendor partners from Constant Contact to IBM at a very reasonable cost to local small businesses. For the intern, a Bee2Bee Network Internship guarantees that they are not grabbing coffee for the first year of their career. Instead, a Bee2Bee Network intern will have the opportunity to build their resumes and project portfolios by actually learning and working hands-on directly with industry experts and clients to solve real-world problems using the latest technologies and participating in 'Enterprise Level' projects in Web Development, Internet Broadcasting and Social Media Marketing.

According to Ms. Clarke, the ultimate vision is for all Bee2Bee Network Interns to launch their own entrepreneurial start-ups with the hands-on knowledge and ongoing support which is available to them through their year-round mentorship program. "We need help from the business community to make this possible. A Bee2Bee Network intern is provided with their own laptops, software and customized training to fill a role of their choice in the technology industry - from software designer to coder but the business community needs to know that we are here to help."

Participating businesses such as the Downtown at the Gardens, Whole Foods, Mercedes Benz of North Palm Beach, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa in Jupiter, FL and Too Jays Gourmet Deli are given a Bee2Bee intern to assist with their technological needs and, in turn, they are not only funding the intern's education, but giving them the valuable experience they need to take their skills to the next level. Local sponsors also include, Whole Foods, Downtown at the Gardens, SONY, Best Buy, Office Depot, Bella Fierce Entertainment and Cobb Theatres.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and are directly linked to creating strong, economically sustainable communities,” Clarke said. “Our program continues to emphasize the importance of these businesses in our community as well as the development of our youth.”

With the tagline “Doing Good is Good Business,” the Bee2Bee Network believes in the power of giving back. Once involved in the program, all participants are expected to “pay it forward” and share their new found skills with family and members of the community.

Their next HIVE project has been approved by the town Celebration, Florida and is slated for commencement after the New Year. The Bee2Bee Network plans to continue pollinating businesses across the country with plans to start a new hive in Philadelphia at ABO Haven Inc. in 2014. According to Yasmine Clarke, founder, "We are investing in “Futures” because “doing good is good business.”

Businesses in need of a Google Virtual Tour, website development, social media marketing or interested in sponsoring a Bee2Bee Network Intern can call 855-233-2331 for further information. Take a look at our recent coverage by WPBF-21:

About Bee2Bee Network.
Headquartered in Celebration, Florida, The Bee2Bee Network offers a modern alternative to classical vocational education for junior high school students to college seniors in the technology industry. From basic software engineering to industry certification, Bee2Bee Network teaches a broad range of skill set-based classes to prepare America’s youth for the 21st Century job market. For more information, visit http://www.Bee2BeeNetwork.Org or like us on Facebook.

Yasmine P. Clarke
Bee2Bee Network

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