Adults that are successful as entrepreneurs will often tell you they followed an interest that began in their youth. So why not introduce youth to the concept of running a business early on, so they can potentially develop their interests into livelihoods that grow our economy?
Beginning in August of 2013, we partnered with both the Stafford USD 349 STARS After-School Program and the St. John-Hudson USD 350 LIFE After-School Program to introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship. Once a week, we meet with these students to teach them the basics of entrepreneurship.
The students in each program have worked together as a group to prepare products to sell. This venture has worked as both a fundraiser for their programs and as a hands-on learning tool. It allows the students to see what it takes to start a business by working through the planning phase, taking a look at the financials, getting involved in marketing and advertising, and seeing the reward of profits!
During the 2014-2015 school year, the students participating in our youth entrepreneurship program through the STARS After-School Program made hot cocoa mix and put them in cute mugs ready to go for inexpensive holiday gifts. The LIFE After-School Program made candles with a variety of scents: Snowy Evergreen, White Chocolate Truffle, Candy Cane, Brown Sugar and Fig, Christmas Splendor, and Caramel Apple!
We have continued this program through the 2015-2016 school year using the same principals. The students chose to make paracord bracelets for their products this year. Booths to sell these bracelets were set-up at home basketball games.
The young students are our economy’s future and entrepreneurs are most responsible for new job growth. There is a world of opportunity out there for them, and we want the kids to know that they are not limited in what they can achieve.
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