The Issue: Benefits of Entrepreneurial Education in Schools
Although few schools offer entrepreneurial programs, its benefits are many, including improved academic performance, increased leadership behavior and interest in attending college, and job readiness, according to a report to the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust corporation.
The Campaign: Connect Youth with Local Business Leaders
If this Grassroots campaign raises $200, then Future Founders Foundation can host an interactive field trip to connect 30–50 teens with new career options and adult mentors. Each additional $200 raised will fund another field trip. The trip will introduce students to Chicago-area entrepreneurs at innovative local companies and provide the chance to observe them at work. Past trips have included a public-speaking and communication-skills workshop at ComedySportz, tours of Google Chicago and Microsoft, and a mobile-app-development boot camp led by Motorola Mobility.
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Future Founders Foundation
Future Founders Foundation offers two entrepreneurship and career-exploration programs to help Chicago students create their own successful businesses and compete in the job market. Through the Future Founders program, the organization teaches high-school students how to become entrepreneurs with mentoring sessions, field trips to local businesses, and business-plan competitions. The Connect to the Future program narrows its focus to connecting middle and high-school students with local business professionals through talks with question-and-answer sessions. Then, everyone works on an activity that relates to the speaker’s career, such as designing a menu or a performing a court-case exercise.