72 percent of teens would like to start a business and they’ll likely need to. The world is changing and the educational system is largely leaving our young people unprepared for the 21st century workforce: 40 percent of teens are unmotivated and unprepared for college, according to Crystal Victoria. Victoria is the founder of Teen Biz Camp, a dynamic program operating in four cities, including Dallas and Houston. With the launch of its new Teen Biz popup shop inside the upscale Galleria Mall in Houston, Crystal is expecting a $360,000 economic impact to low income communities.
Teen Biz Camp’s program runs for 8 weeks and targets teens from 12 to 18-years-old. Teens receive classes from local business owners and professionals, explore their community through field trips, receive a business starter kit with a tablet and online store to teach financial literacy and extensive community engagement. The program has served 500 kids and trains them to become entrepreneurs. In fact, teens in the program actually begin making money in 8 weeks. The organization recently launched its teen-ran popup shop at The Galleria. Teens now have a year-round opportunity to sell products in a high traffic, upscale setting. The popup shop features new inventory and teen entrepreneurs each week, also.
Teen Biz Camp is the real deal and the experiences these young participants receive from it is invaluable. Young people today are entering a workforce radically different from even 20 years ago. Security is gone and pensions are an archaic term, found only in the dictionary. The new economy requires entrepreneurship to survive and even for employees, entrepreneurial skills are a nonnegotiable. Crystal Victoria sees the need clearly and is doing something about it. The 500 teens she has served are but a mere deposit on a much greater return, in years ahead.
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