Entrepreneurship Training Day for High School Students Expands Post-Graduation Options

A one day training, designed to inspire and empower youth to take charge of their future, will teach entrepreneurship, problem solving and critical thinking skills. 50 future leaders will tackle real problems posed by business owners.
By: The Business Side of Youth
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - July 30, 2015 - PRLog -- Washtenaw County, Michigan Business Owners have come together with the Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College and The Business Side of Youth (The B. Side) at Eastern Michigan University to create an exciting new program for high school students. The Bold Futures Project is designed to inspire and empower youth to take control of their future well-being, will teach entrepreneurship, problem solving and critical thinking skills. 50 future leaders will meet for one day to tackle some of the biggest problems faced by local businesses.

The program will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at Washtenaw County Community College. The program is FREE for students and includes lunch and a Bold Futures T-shirt for registered participants. Students may register online: https://boldfutures.eventbrite.com  or by phone, 734-396-0030.

Bold Futures was initiated as a community project as part of participation in the Landmark Education Self-Expression and Leadership Course, and has quickly been embraced by other local businesses, entrepreneurs and community programs and educational institutions in Washtenaw County.

Business owners are being surveyed for their most challenging business problems. Through a creative problem solving process, students will work in teams to find real-world solutions for the business problems posed by local business owners. To increase the opportunity for good solutions, students will have the opportunity to interact and brainstorm with business owners.

Business owners wishing to participate in the Business Owner Survey can do so online: https://surveymonkey.com/r/boldfuturesbiz

Jayne Burch, CEO of Marketing Monsoon, brought the idea of giving youth an alternative to employment or college right out of high school to the attention of Kristin Gapske, Manager, Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College. The participation has grown to include substantial contributions from The B. Side at Eastern Michigan University director, Jack Bidlack,  Kevin Kononenko, CEO of Vivergy, L.L.C. and Paul Larned, President of the West Washtenaw Business Association.

Washtenaw Community College is providing the venue. The B. Side is providing the programming and program facilitators. Please call for additional sponsorship opportunities.

The B. Side is a program of EMU’s Office of Academic Service-Learning. The B. Side was created to establish a youth-driven entrepreneurial and leadership culture that provides economic opportunities for Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County area youth. The B. Side stimulates business and professional skills, encourage creative and intelligent risk taking, and instills financial independence and community responsibility in youth ages 13-18.

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