Kudos for YoungBiz

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I would like to give a plug here for YoungBiz, who mission is to empower youth with entrepreneurial, business, and financial skills through innovative education and real-world experience.

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a teacher training session for one of their youth entrepreneurship courses. I was very impressed with the knowledge, skills, and experience of the trainer, Juan Casimiro. He not only focuses on the principles of owning and running a business, he helps youth start legitimate enterprises. YoungBiz reinforces and augments what students are learning in school through the real-world application of math, reading comprehension, writing, leadership, and creativity among other things. They take a sincere interest in the long-term success of youth, and not just try to push them through a curriculum.

Looking at the current conditions plaguing our youth and the long-term prognosis of our communities, if these situations continue unchecked our communities will continue to deteriorate. We have to implement innovative and effective methods that empower and prepare our youth for a successful future (see What Really is Empowerment?). Entrepreneurial skills, such as problem-solving, teamwork, goal-setting, and presentation skills translate into valuable life skills. Therefore, teaching them entrepreneurial skills can go a long way to redirecting many of our troubled teens toward positive paths that will lead to their long-term success, rather than in the direction that many are now heading (see Next-Gen Entrepreneurs).

If you are a parent, teacher, or community leader who would like to get your youth interested in something more productive than playing video games and watching music videos, I would definitely suggest finding out if YoungBiz entrepreneurship training is being offered near where you live. Even if they never start a business, the skills that they learn will carry them far in terms of helping to shape them into productive, successful leaders who have a positive impact on the community.

Let’s not just talk about it, but let’s do more to positively impact our youth by creating opportunities and environments for their success. Please contact me if you would like some help with getting in touch with someone at YoungBiz. I am more than happy to do so.

Empowering You for Success,

Paul Wilson

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