A new program at Milford High School in upstate NY has opened the doors of entrepreneurship to students in grades 9-12. The students are building their own businesses and interacting with local business owners.
These students have the rare opportunity to understand and appreciate the economic drivers of our country first hand. This is the type of learning we can support.
Not only will these kids start to get an understanding of the complexities of having their own business, but also they get to see first hand that business owners – the media term – are not evil/corrupt/stealing/mean/abusive, or any of the other things that certain elements of our media elite say about us to spread discontent.
This has educational and political consequences. The more we do to bring the ownership mentality to kids the less of a stranglehold the far left has on their fabulously optimistic, energetic young minds. We’re fighting for gray matter here!
Sophomore Tim Borggreen, 16, said he heard about the class at the end of last year and jumped at the chance to participate.
“It will open up a whole new door on what I can do in my life,” he said.
He said he hopes to start his own garage and customize cars in the future, adding that “this will give me an idea about what I can expect.”
Inspiring dreams is best when those dreams are within reach. Getting kids excited about creating the next YouTube/Facebook/Google is not productive. Yes, it is possible, but Tim Borggreen has it right. Focus on what he can do based on what he knows now. As his skills grow so too will his dreams. Providing the business acumen he needs now to see his current dreams as a reality is what takes him from the employee class and puts him in the owner class. Even if he is an employee for years to come . . .
That mindset shift is important to inspire.
Does your community have an entrepreneurship program for high school kids?
Image courtesy of Steven Depolo