As proven by past participants, jEM provides unique, life-changing opportunities to local youth. Aside from an abundance of leadership and entrepreneurship knowledge, students will also take away lessons in self-awareness and personal development. One parent of a 2011 participant reported,
“(My child) is more independent and confident. She doesn’t seem to be as frustrated when she makes mistakes. It teaches them how to be responsible and respectful of others and their opinions, while getting their own opinions across at the same time.”
The Office for Business & Community Economic Development has continued to work with several students through the Youth Enterprise Program as a result of jEM Summer Camp, as well. After competing in the final “biz pitch” competition on the last day of camp, three groups of students are chosen by a panel of judges to receive funding to start up their enterprises. Check out this year’s Youth Enterprise participants and their businesses at http://www.bced.umn.edu/
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jEM is a series of programs intended to enhance students' entrepreneurship and leadership skills. A five-week summer camp, various workshops and other ongoing programs are developed in conjunction with the U of M's Office for Business & Community Economic Development. jEM: Be Your Own Boss!