To adults, elementary school entrepreneurship may mean nothing more than the lemonade stand popping up on our residential streets as the weather warms. To the children who stand purposefully behind the lemonade stand, entrepreneurship, if it means anything, is merely a means to earn pocket change to buy that much-wanted absolute necessity that mom and dad refuse to finance.
We, at Next Gen, know that teaching entrepreneurship goes far beyond the lemonade stand. Our programs are based on a life skill set that will enhance children throughout life no matter which educational or career path is chosen. We have named these skills the 5 I’s: Inspiration; Ideation and problem solving; Interaction and collaboration; Innovation and creativity; and Initiative; and dubbed them the Entrepreneurial Engine.
Using the Entrepreneurial Engine as the mainstay for our program, we have hand-crafted activities that will augment and complement the curriculum standards taught in schools. Ultimately, we take the children on a journey to achieve their dreams, on their terms, and from their perspective.
At the conclusion of each of our enrichment programs, children will have developed a business and marketing plan using financial concepts such as start-up cost, operating cost, profit, per unit price and per unit cost, for a business conceived through their own initiative using the Entrepreneurial Engine.
Our goal for children, however, goes beyond the creation of a business plan for a potentially successful business. Our goal is for children to develop the audacity to dream big dreams, to create a path for the fulfillment of those dreams, and to rejoice in their achievement.
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