Contest encourages youth to discover entrepreneurship
A contest called iDiscover that was launched late last month at Mount Pearl Senior High aims to create more awareness among youth about opportunities associated with entrepreneurship.
The iDiscover contest is a partnership of the provincial government’s Getting the Message Out (GMO) program and the Office of Public Engagement.
It encourages youth to profile, in their own way, in any medium, an entrepreneur in their community or region. Three winning entries will be selected and the prizes are: an iMac for first place, an iPad2 for second place, and an iPod Touch for third place.
The contest is an enhanced version of the GMO Case Study Competition, which was launched in 2008. The contest closes March 22. “Connecting youth with some of our province’s passionate entrepreneurs will provide them with valuable insight into the possibilities and opportunities that exist here in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Keith Hutchings, Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development.
“This contest is one of the many vehicles the provincial government has developed to inspire, encourage and educate youth about entrepreneurship. I encourage all high school students to make a submission and discover the important contributions entrepreneurs make to their communities, regions, and province.”
Added Education Minister Clyde Jackman: “Initiatives like the iDiscover contest support the social studies, economic education and career development curriculum in our schools by allowing students to identify opportunities for innovation and economic growth in the world around them.
“With the positive impact small and medium-sized businesses have on our provincial economy, it is important our students develop strong entrepreneurial skills, as they will be our future business leaders.”
Changes to the GMO program were also highlighted at last month’s event, including a revamped website and new resource materials for the Career Development 2201 and Entrepreneurship 3209 courses.
Developed in co-operation with the Department of Education, the new class- room kit and textbook are a collection of case studies highlighting the stories of successful local entrepreneurs, designed to engage students in a discussion of entrepreneurship, while meeting curriculum guidelines for both courses.
For more information about the contest and the GMO program, visit www.gmo.nl.ca.