NEXT GEN MINIPRENEURS IS FEATURED IN THE WASHINGTON POST. SEE WHAT OUR VERY OWN KARLEY HAS TO SAY ABOUT How to Encourage an Entrepreneurial Spirit in Kids.
THE HUFFINGTON POST TELLS OUR STORY
Our core belief is that young children are naturally creative and curious, both necessities for the successful entrepreneur. Because of that natural bent, we believe that children are poised to enter onto the entrepreneurial field. All they need is a little encouragement. The Huffington Post so fully captured our core belief that we take this opportunity to reprint that part of the article, “Teaching Minpreneurs the Entrepreneurial Engine”, by Jamie Davis Smith, that stresses the importance of encouragement. Encouragement is so simply provided, but its effects can be anyting but simple. It can change the direction of a child’s life.
“1. Teach children to recognize opportunities. Once children are old enough to understand the concept of how money works, they may want to set-up their first lemonade stand or make their first cookie sale. Capture their curiosity, enthusiasm and sprit, encourage them to seek out different ways to make money; support them and help them follow through.
2. Foster innovation and inspire creative thinking in children. Inspired children have unlimited ability to create innovative ideas. Guide children and help them understand the potential of opportunity. Support children through taking reasonable risks and recognizing the benefits of failure and resiliency.
3. Give children the gift of learning and adapting life and careers skills for the 21st century. Use the Next Gen Minipreneurs five I’s: Inspiration; Ideation and problem solving; Interaction and collaboration; Innovation and creativity; and Initiative.
4. Augment and complement school curriculums, whether STEM, language arts or the social sciences. When teachers and parents recognize that entrepreneurship education can be a vehicle to teach other disciplines, entrepreneurship education will be seen as a method of teaching other disciplines.
5. Empower children by giving them the knowledge that they can make a difference in the lives of their families, communities and even globally through entrepreneurship. The business part of entrepreneurial education teaches children the tools they need to become integral, contributing parts of their families’ and communities’ financial viability. Teaching business ethics and team values empowers children through the belief that they can take an active role in solving some of the more vexing problems that plague our society, both here and around the world.”
VIRGINIA’S GOVERNOR TERRY McAULIFFE LAUNCHES THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship. His action represented a sea change in the world of Virginia’s youth entrepreneurship initiatives. Now, a Council co-chaired by none other than Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Maurice Jones, and Secretary of Education, Elizabeth Holton, is charged with the responsibility to create an ecosystem to “attract the best and brightest talent to Virginia” and that “fosters entrepreneurism and innovation,” Secretary Jones said.
Governor McAuliffe identified five areas of priority for the Council. They are to:
- “Expand students’ intellectual property rights”;*
- “Promote the formation of collaborative spaces for entrepreneurs and students to meet”;*
- “Encourage schools to offer courses in entrepreneurship that are easily accessible to all students and to integrate innovation into the curriculum”;*
- “Identify ways for colleges and universities to award academic credit to students for starting a business”;* and
- “Remove unnecessary costs for students starting a business in Virginia.”*