A collaborative partnership between the Center for Economic Education at Lynchburg College, nonprofit blue KIWI™, and The City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development attracted rising seventh graders from Region 2000 to attend a one week residential camp held at Lynchburg College. Beginning July 27, students learned economics and business basics necessary to start their own businesses. The Mini-Society® curriculum, developed by Dr. Marilyn Kourilsky, culminated in an international market day and graduation 'launch', attended by over 200 parents and guests, on August 1.
Curriculum was supplemented with presentations by local entrepreneurs who shared their experiences. Included among the speakers was Robert L. Chapman, III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of The James; Melissa Dunn, President, Hollywood Diva; Sergio Asensio, President, Topline Group LLC; Rebecca Skeen, Co-Owner, Rosetta Coffee Company and The Good Cherry; Joe Aboid, Owner, Putt-Putt Fun Center; Jim Anderson, President, Funquest; and James and Maureen Patterson, General Managers, AMF Lanes.
Evening activities actively engaged students with Tiger's Action Plan, curriculum developed by The Tiger Woods Foundation.
Region 2000 consists of school districts in Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell Counties as well as the City of Lynchburg. For a complete list of launched students, please click here.
When asked what they liked most about their week-long experience, campers' responses included:
- I liked the fact that we actually got to experience business.
- ...meeting new people and learning to start businesses. It was a great experience.
- Before I came here I already wanted to start a vet business of my own but now it has made me know how and really want to.
Grow One™ has contributed to our community's future workforce and success two-fold: 1) by reversing the economic illiteracy rate among our children; and, 2) by instilling a sense of empowerment in these young people to understand and positively effect the economic impact that entrepreneurial ventures have on our local economy and beyond.
You too can be very effective as 1. Please call Shirley T. Deen at 434-455-4493 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about being part of Lynchburg's Award-Winning One Programs.