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PEEP this program for young entrepreneurs
Classes for students ages 10-14 will be held June 24-Aug. 16 at JCSU.
 
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013
by Amanda Raymond

It’s never too early for kids to become entrepreneurs.

That is the concept behind “Teens Together Summer 2013: The PEEP Experience." Pride Entrepreneur Education Program, or PEEP, and Firm Foundations of the Carolinas Inc. are launching the program to teach students the ins and outs of business.

Pauline Feimster, director of PEEP, said the program gives students the chance to learn about the business world that they may not get otherwise.

“We want to make sure our students have opportunities. Sometimes underserved students aren’t able to get some of the other summer enrichment opportunities that some kids may get,” she said.

Feimster said younger children benefit from business education at an early age.

“We definitely believe the younger, the better,” she said. “We also know that this age group doesn’t usually have as many options as the elementary age group as far as summer enrichment activities. We wanted to fill the gap and help out where we thought it was needed most.”

The program will take place June 24-Aug. 16 at Johnson C. Smith University and is open to students between ages 10-14.

Students will participate in classroom and hands-on activities and meet local business owners to learn more about running a business and being an entrepreneur. Officials from PNC Bank Financial will teach financial literacy classes and PEEP organizers are enlisting sponsorships from other businesses.

Students will get a taste of the college life on Smith’s campus. They will interact with college students, tour the campus and sit in college classrooms.

Feimster said having the entrepreneurship program on a college campus can help inspire kids to continue their education after high school.
“Hopefully it will spark interest and they’ll want to continue that experience and make sure their goals are set on college,” she said.

The program, which runs on weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., aims to slow summer learning loss and give children additional skills for success in school and life.

“For some of our students that could mean starting a business now, that they’re able to spend money to get the things that they like, to save money to help pay for school, or to help out around the house,” Feimster said.

One of the highlights will be “The Big Idea,” a competition where students pitch business ideas they develop during the program. There will be prizes, including materials to help students with their ideas.

“We want ideas and businesses launched,” Feimster said.

Organizers plan to follow up with students periodically and provide mentoring to help them succeed in business.

“Kids are creative. They are innovative. And they have the energy,” Feimster said. “They have some great ideas, so we just want to help them channel that and show them the ropes, as far as entrepreneurship is concerned, so they at least see it as an option.”

The program costs $75 per week. To register or more information, call (704) 375-9553.

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This program sounds interesting but the age should go up to 17, our 15,16 year olds are left out of such programs and they need the experience as well..think about it
Posted on July 27, 2013
 

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