Com­mu­nity Fu­tures wrap up sum­mer youth pro­gram­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

It has been a busy and ex­cit­ing sum­mer at Com­mu­nity Fu­tures in Drumheller as it wrapped up its first sum­mer of youth en­trepreneur­ship pro­gram­ming.

Stu­dents Dave Ped­er­sen and Mitch Tof­fan started the sum­mer pro­gram with a Dragon’s Den-style event that ran from July 5-8. The sup­port and in­volve­ment of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers and busi­ness own­ers was in­valu­able - they of­fered prizes, sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to the five par­tic­i­pants. Be­cause of the event, two par­tic­i­pants got Busker’s Li­censes and two par­tic­i­pants plan to run busi­nesses next year.

Lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple, to help par­tic­i­pants with start­ing and op­er­at­ing costs, pro­vided prizes to­tal­ing $2,700.

Pitch Night was the fi­nal part of the Dragon’s Den event. Lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple again gen­er­ously vol­un­teered their time to pro­vide use­ful and pos­i­tive feed­back. The par­tic­i­pants were of­fered use­ful ad­vice and a great op­por­tu­nity for growth, ap­pre­ci­at­ing the chance to be lis­tened to and re­spected.

The rest of the sum­mer was de­voted to “I’m the Boss” en­trepreneur camps for two age groups – Grades 4 – 6 and Grades 7 – 9. A to­tal of 41 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the camps, in­clud­ing a “pop-up store” that ran dur­ing the Au­gust long week­end

This was def­i­nitely an am­bi­tious pro­ject for Com­mu­nity Fu­tures Big Coun­try, but the re­sults were well worth it. The chance to in­tro­duce par­tic­i­pants to en­trepreneur­ship was price­less. In the space of a week, cam­pers were ex­cited to plan and op­er­ate their own busi­nesses. Thank you to the com­mu­nity who em­braced the “I’m the Boss” par­tic­i­pants by sup­port­ing their busi­nesses.

Dur­ing the sum­mer, cam­pers prof­ited over $5,000, giv­ing them “hand­son” ex­pe­ri­ence in op­er­at­ing their own busi­nesses, along with a good taste of en­trepreneur­ship. It was ex­cit­ing to see their con­fi­dence and self-es­teem in­crease dur­ing the week as they planned and saw their projects through.

Young peo­ple in the val­ley showed their en­tre­pre­neur­ial prow­ess through­out the sum­mer par­tic­i­pat­ing in Com­mu­nity Fu­tures’ Big Coun­try youth pro­grams.

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