Post By: Out Of Blocks
Building young entrepreneurs in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
“The number of STEM occupations in the U.S. will grow by 8.9 percent between 2014 and 2024.” – Act.org
In the last few decades, the interest in providing entrepreneurship education has been on the rise. Studies have shown that children who participate in Entrepreneurship Educational youth programs and/ or STEM youth programs have seen great benefits. However, not all schools incorporate entrepreneurship education in their curriculum, so it is important to research what options your child has regarding entrepreneurship education.
The U.S. Department of Labor encourages and explains youth entrepreneurship education programs as “a solution. It seeks to prepare people, particularly youth, to be responsible, enterprising individuals who become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers by immersing them in real life learning experiences where they can take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes.”
In fact, the U.S. government recently invested $200 million dollars into STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and youth programs/summer camps, suggesting these types of youth programs/summer camps create students that “are more likely to be competitively employed than students who have not participated in such activities.”
What are the benefits of pursuing youth programs?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, youth entrepreneurship education can:
“improve academic performance, school attendance, increase problem-solving and decision-making abilities, improve interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, public speaking skills, and social psychological developments (self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy).”
Additionally, parents agree that youth programs are beneficial to their children. An America After 3 PM survey concluded that “parents—in particular those with children currently in an afterschool program—believe that after-school programs provide a safe space for children and agree that, among other things, afterschool programs help to excite kids about learning; to become physically active; and to develop interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and math learning.”
How do you find youth entrepreneur programs for your child?
You can first check with your child’s school to see if they offer youth programs that may be of interest. According to the U.S. Department of Labor “youth who want to become entrepreneurs rarely receive information on pursuing it as a career option.” This is because entrepreneurship education is seldom found in schools. As a result, private youth entrepreneur programs and other STEM youth programs have emerged, fulfilling the needs of parents who want to develop their child’s entrepreneurial mindset/skill-sets.
We believe children feel more encouraged to become young entrepreneurs when learning is engaging and fun. When searching for programs for your child, you will find programs like Youth Summer Camps, Youth Entrepreneur Programs, Kidpreneur programs, etc. Make sure these programs put fun and hands-on learning at the forefront.
Additionally, look for programs that utilize STEM principles. For example, at Out Of Blocks (based out of Virginia) we use STEM principles to ignite and develop students’ interest and confidence in youth entrepreneurship with our Junior Biz Entrepreneurship youth summer program. The Junior Biz Entrepreneurship youth summer program is designed to be fun, providing a hands-on approach that keeps students engaged throughout the class.
If you’d like guidance on how to enroll your child or student into one of our youth entrepreneur programs or other programs, contact us directly.
The proof is in the numbers, investing in a private youth entrepreneurship education program not only helps children learn, but it also helps them succeed in the workforce. According to Act.org “the number of STEM occupations in the U.S. will grow by 8.9 percent between 2014 and 2024.” Participating in these programs will set your child up for success in adulthood, and the range of benefits (from improved academic performance to excitement about learning) are priceless.
For more tips on youth entrepreneurship education and youth entrepreneurship summer programs, subscribe to Out Of Blocks’ monthly newsletter, visit OutOfBlocks.com, or contact us directly for more information. Out Of Blocks provides youth summer programs for students of all backgrounds in the tri-state (Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.) area.