Business and management students help the teenagers start businesses and entrepreneurial projects.
MANAGING A SERVICE CO-OP
Youth Fusion’s management project coordinator, in collaboration with students and school administration, launch a service co-op through which high school students get the opportunity to earn money while sharing their skills and knowledge with the wider community.
This project aims to:
- Introduce students to the business world and the co-op structure
- Create ties between students in different grades
- Create links between students and local organizations, institutions, and businesses
- Empower students by having them act as peer mentors
With the help of Youth Fusion’s project coordinator, students thought out the mission and objectives of the co-op, learned about models of democracy as well as membership and established the structure of the co-op. Some students become involved as co-op managers, while others are hired by the co-op to provide paid services within the community, such as:
- Offering homework help to elementary school students
- Helping senior citizens, especially with computers and technology
- Fundraising activities
- Year-end uniform sale
At the request of the students, Youth Fusion’s Management project coordinator also worked with a business teacher at the school to organize a fundraising project as part of their course.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CLUB
High school students often express a strong desire to become young entrepreneurs and learn how to start a business. Youth Fusion’s management project coordinators encourage this next generation of entrepreneurs by helping them gain experience in the field, which in turn motivates them to continue their studies.
Through this project, students have had the opportunity to develop small businesses within their communities, such as a hairdresser, a wood finishing project, and a student café. Youth Fusion’s project coordinators guide them through the various stages of setting up a small business:
- Conducting market research
- Conducting surveys
- Writing a Business Plan
- Presenting the business idea to authorities (in this case, the school’s administration)
- Purchasing products
- Marketing a product or service
STUDENT CAFÉ PROJECT
A café run by students provides a welcoming place within the school where young people can gather before and after their classes. The young entrepreneurs are in charge of managing the café, decorating the space and scheduling activities, such as art exhibitions, conferences, musical performances, comedy, etc.
Beyond providing young entrepreneurs with hands-on managerial experience, the café project reaches out to the entire student body and encourages attendance by creating a positive atmosphere where students can feel comfortable at school.
A trusting relationship is established between these students, which increases the impact of this project in the values of the high school and keep the motivation, participation and involvement of everyone.