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Engaging Entrepreneurial Young People . Craig Schroeder Senior Associate. February 21, 2008 Indiana HTC Academy. Agenda:. Making the Case Engaging ‘E’ Young People System for Youth Engagement Models and Resources Next Steps for Your Community.

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Engaging Entrepreneurial Young People

Craig SchroederSenior Associate

February 21, 2008

Indiana HTC Academy

agenda
Agenda:
  • Making the Case
  • Engaging ‘E’ Young People
  • System for Youth Engagement
  • Models and Resources
  • Next Steps for Your Community
critical issues
Critical Issues
  • Generational Wealth Transfer
  • Historical Youth Out-Migration Trends
  • Loss of Farms, Industry and Small Businesses
  • Erosion of Leadership and Civic Capacity
gallup poll results
Gallup Poll Results

Seven out of 10 (69%) high-school students are interested in starting their own business, but 86% rated themselves as very poor to fair on their knowledge of business and entrepreneurship.

85% of these students thought it was important or very important to receive entrepreneurship education in schools.

Gallup Organization, Inc. 1994

sampling of youth survey results
Sampling of Youth Survey Results

Survey of all high school (9-12) students, 2005-06

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More Youth Survey Results

Survey of all JH and HS (7-12) students, 2007

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New Opportunities
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Information Technology
    • Biotechnology
  • Youth Perspectives
    • Family and Community
    • Quality of Life and Civic Engagement
    • Entrepreneurship – a preferred career path
youth are critical to rural vitality
Youth Are Critical to Rural Vitality!
  • 3:1 positive impact upon population
  • Long-term business and career goals
  • Educated workforce for expanding businesses
  • Substantial consumers of goods and services
  • New energy, skills, ideas and resources
  • Support and use public institutions
  • Retention of local generational wealth
targeting youth e talent
Targeting Youth “E” Talent…

Youth currently in your community may well represent your greatest resource for economic growth and community sustainability.

The challenge is to: engage these youth,

equip them with the skills and knowledge to be successful,

and then support them and their enterprising ventures.

exercise
Exercise:

Youth Engagement

Community Capacity Questionnaire

how do communities involve youth
How do communities involve youth?

Do to Youth

Do for Youth

Do with Youth

Skateboard Zoning

Trash Cleanup

Focus on Stars and Ignore Other Youth

Teen Center

College Scholarships

Tell Youth the Right Way to Do Things

Youth Events

Decision Making

Listen and Support Youth Discovery

tools for youth engagement
Tools for Youth Engagement
  • Listening and encouraging by adults
  • Scholarships and apprenticeships
  • Personal finance education
  • Micro-lending fund
  • Business incubator and support services
  • Peer networks and adult mentors
  • Generational Business Transfer
identifying e youth
Identifying E-Youth
  • May not immediately come to mind
  • Can be introverted to very engaging
  • Creative and enjoy experimenting
  • May find them in the workshop or craft room
  • May not be high academic achievers
  • Often have one or more micro-businesses
  • May talk about markets more than sports, etc.
  • Usually know they are wired differently (1:10)
young adult e indicators
Young Adult ‘E’ Indicators
  • Own a business or express this desire
  • Have a micro-business on the side
  • Might find them drawing ideas on napkins
  • Engaged in creative hobbies – talent or gift
  • May be involved in non-profit or civic roles
  • Taking a marketing class at an area college
  • Come up with creative ways to solve problems
  • May have put their dream on the back burner
youth engagement system
Youth Engagement System

Entrepreneurial Education & Career Development

Equip

Engage

Youth Involvement & Leadership in Community

Community Support of Youth & Enterprises

Support

models
Models…

…Putting All the Pieces Together!

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Two HTC Case Studies…

Knox

County

Valley County

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Case Study #1:

Knox

County

invitation to get involved

Youth Chamber of Commerce

Invitation to Get Involved!

Thinking Outside the Box Event

Inventors Club

Individual Project

Community Foundation

Group Project

Leadership Quest

Business Project

11th Grade Summer E-ship Program

Nebraska Business Development Center

Community College Campuses

Host Communities

Community Focused

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Case Study #2:

Valley County

ord s young entrepreneur fair
Ord’s Young Entrepreneur Fair

The Vision: 100’s of Young Entrepreneurs!

Nancy Glaubke

Business Development Coordinator

resources
Resources:
  • Innovation Center

Tool Kit for Youth & Adults In Charting Assets & Creating Change

(Formerly part of National 4H Council)

www.theinnovationcenter.org

  • Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

Clearinghouse of entrepreneurship education resources

www.entre-ed.org

  • The Rural School and Community Trust

Resources for rural schools and community-based learning

www.ruraledu.org

  • EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI)

Project oriented curriculum for middle-school age youth

4h.unl.edu/esi

local resources
Local Resources:
  • Teachers
  • Youth Program Leaders
  • Young Adults
  • Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Parents and Grandparents
  • Service Providers
  • Volunteers
mobilizing the community
Mobilizing the Community
  • Find Several Champions
  • Engage School Administration Early
  • Look for Youth Organization Partner(s)
  • Core Mobilization Team:

Youth and Young Adults

School Administration and Key Faculty

Youth Organization Leaders

vehicles to consider
Vehicles to Consider
  • 4H
  • Jr. Achievement
  • FFA, FCCLA, FBLA, DECA
  • Young Adult Groups
  • Community Organizations
center resources
Center Resources
  • Center for Rural Entrepreneurship www.energizingentrepreneurs.org
  • RUPRI www.rupri.org

craigs@neb.rr.com