Have you ever set up a lemonade stand or held a garage sale with your child? Does your child like to come up with new ideas and like to negotiate? As the labor market continues to evolve, more and more young people want to embark on the path of entrepreneurship.
If you have a child who is already showing signs that they could be an entrepreneur one day, one program to consider is the Club BizKids managed by Orange County Library System.
BizKids Club is an instructor-led program that introduces students ages 9-14 to the world of business and entrepreneurship.
“During each session, students are guided through a series of fun hands-on activities and memorable role-playing exercises. They learn to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to create flyers, business presentations, and budget and inventory spreadsheets,” said Tony Orengo, BizKids program designer.
BizKids offers students the opportunity to develop a business idea, manage a storefront and learn office software. Combining these creative talents with the business skills needed to plan, finance, market and sell products will enable business-minded children to become entrepreneurs.
“Along the way, they also learn important life skills such as critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills,” Orengo said.
Celeste, a BizKids Club participant shared her experience.
“It’s one of the best memories I’ve had in my entire life,” she said.
She went on to trademark, contribute to a published book, and support the work of nonprofit organizations. “The experience helps young people realize that they are having an impact,” Celeste’s mother said. “That they can make a difference in their lives and sometimes in the lives of others.”
A parent, who is also in the early childhood development and education program at a local university, agreed.
“I think you’ve all done an incredible job of supporting the students, but also providing them with information on financial literacy, entrepreneurial vocabulary, and ideas that sparked so much creativity and wonder,” said said the parent. “BizKids covers so many things that we try to do to encourage childhood development, education and human development. What a great opportunity!”
The BizKids team said, “The program has been truly rewarding and memorable for everyone involved. It was gratifying to see the participants leave the experience with a smile on their face, but more importantly to see them leave with a sense of accomplishment and empowerment.
Click here to find the nearest branch and register for an upcoming BizKids Club session.
If the program reaches its maximum capacity, priority will be given to registrants residing in the following postal codes: 32703, 32801, 32805, 32808, 32810, 32811, 32818, 32822 and 32839.
This program is funded in whole or in part by Orange County, Florida. Entrants must reside in Orange County to participate.