Entrepreneurship camp fosters business ownership among youth

Monday, July 21, 2008

The 1890 Research & Extension Program at SC State University will host the Youth Entrepreneurship Exploration Day Camp, with hopes of cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship among the state’s youth. The camp will take place on SC State’s campus on July 21 from 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m., and is open for students ages nine to 18.

“Through the Youth Entrepreneurship Day Camp, our youth will learn about business ownership and acquire important life skills that will help them in the future,” said Senior Extension Director of Adult Leadership and Community Development Louis Whitesides. “By learning these skills while they are young, we are preparing them to be successful leaders in the business world.”

Participants in the Youth Entrepreneurship Exploration Day Camp will attend sessions on developing business ideas, writing a business plan and marketing and managing a business. Participants will receive first-hand knowledge from local entrepreneurs who will discuss personal stories of their successes and challenges in owning a business. The camp will also feature a Youth Entrepreneurship Exploration Commercial Competition in which competing teams will develop and present a commercial for a product. Winners of the competition will receive an award.

“The 1890 Extension Program provides many different opportunities such as the Youth Entrepreneurship Exploration Day Camp to encourage our youth to learn, grow and achieve their goals,” said Delbert T. Foster, assistant administrator for 1890 Extension. “We are fully committed to making a difference in their lives,” he continued.

For more information about the Youth Entrepreneurship Exploration Day Camp and to register your child, contact Demier Richardson at (803) 533-3664 or dricha6@scsu.edu. Registration ends July 18.