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Recently on my travel adventures, I came across a very low-decile community. I got the opportunity to tour around the high school in the town, but it was heart breaking to see and hear the young people’s perception of what the future involved. Girls saw having a family as soon as possible as a sure way out (or maybe into?) of the ‘poverty’ of toxic households they were living in. And guys couldn’t see past the weekend about what they wanted to achieve in life. This started me into some thinking about the opportunity to set up an Entrepreneur Course.
Many have talked about setting these types of programs up, but I have seen very few in the world actually take off. I realized that the reason these young people didn’t see much of a future was because they felt it was out of their control. Some wanted to move to bigger cities to start a corporate life, but their education restricted them from doing so. I figure young people have many creative ideas floating around in their heads, with minimal support from people around them about how to make these ideas into reality.
What if there was a way to set up an Entrepreneur Program for schools where the students could come to, and actually create and see their ideas come to life – whether it’s commercially viable or good-cause oriented (or hopefully both)? What if these were to happen over weekends, or after school so instead of going out to get drunk or have sex, they could take responsibility and learn to say no to getting wasted every weekend because they’d want a clear head to keep working on their projects when the course was held.
What are your thoughts? Are there programs like this in your area, and how well are they being executed? And my main question: how are they influencing the students? (Comment below)