When she was just five years old, Lakeitha Grey started her first business – taking the cookies her mother bought for her and her sister and repackaging them to sell to the kids in her neighborhood. A lifelong entrepreneur, Lakeitha has went on to run a few small businesses throughout her academic career, before transitioning into running her own businesses as an adult. And now, she is creating a way to help the next generation of entrepreneurs realize their potential and build real businesses that they are truly passionate about, before they even reach the 10th grade.
Building Young Entrepreneurs is a unique summer camp – it has a small enrollment (a maximum of 12 students) but a big impact. Meeting daily throughout the summer, BYE ‘pulls the inner entrepreneur out’ of students aged 10-14. The program is designed to teach them how to find their passion, build a real business and raise capital through crowd funding. But, it also puts an emphasis on boosting self-confidence and instilling a strong work ethic that will benefit campers for years to come. Through one-on-one work and mentorship, it is the goal that each child will leave this camp with a strong grasp of the principles of entrepreneurship, and a feeling of accomplishment and pride in their work.
Whether you’re ready to sign your own child up for a summer of building a business, self-confidence, and work ethic, or you’re interested in helping to mentor, encourage or financially support these young entrepreneurs, the BuggyWorks location makes that a possibility. Contact Lakeitha to find out more about mentoring or sponsoring a young entrepreneur, or sponsoring one of the camp’s activities. Or if you want to share your story, spend a morning or afternoon with the group discussing your successes, struggles, and insight on entrepreneurship with the campers. And, of course, you can simply stop and talk to the group as you pass them in the hall, young entrepreneurs are always working to sharpen their networking and interpersonal skills!
To enroll your child in BYE, or get more involved as a sponsor or mentor, please visit buildingyoungentrepreneurs.com.
Source: BuggyWorks Blog