Young Entrepreneurs WorkshopAvalanche Media Works - Social, Search + Rescue
Avalanche Media Works is a proud partner with the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, and active“Mentor” for their Entrepreneur Program. Michael Fraser, President of Avalanche Media Works has been an entrepreneur since 2000. “There is nothing more rewarding than owning your own business, and watching your idea and vision become a reality.” Michael continues to say “I know we as parents want the best for our kids and sometimes are distracted with the (sometimes) fanatical sporting activities we find ourselves a taxi slave too. Let’s face it, odds are our kids won’t be pro athletes.. hehe. So why not take a chunk of that time and teach your kids some real life skills … Better yet, Business Skills!
- To discover the excitement and joy of early economic success and independence, which develops character and self-esteem.
- To develop economic understanding and strong business ethics, which will build informed, contributing citizens.
- To develop a legal and ethical business awareness that will connect you to the real-world workplace and your community.
- To believe in your dreams, empower you to build on you visions, and encourage you to be flexible and broaden your opportunities.
The Warren Miller Freedom Foundation’s Young Entrepreneur Program offers a ten-week curriculum aimed at giving students, grades 9-12, the opportunity to learn how to start their own businesses! Students develop a plan, learn basic business vocabulary, discuss and practice marketing, customer service, record keeping, networking, problem solving and ethical business practices. Each class is supervised by a mentor who guides the entrepreneurs through the ten weekly lessons. Building relationships is an important part of any classroom or business and is an integral part of the Young Entrepreneur Program. Mentors keep the classroom active with hands-on experiential learning. The students are encouraged to role play, actively challenge their classmates, research and map the business needs of their communities and, most importantly, use their talents to find a business they can enjoy and grow. Each week the students end the class with a challenge to meet a specific business goal for the upcoming week.
Students in the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation Programs start a service or sales business within the first two weeks! Thus, the classroom discussions are based on their own personal experiences. Typical classroom sessions are two hours, once a week. Students record their business progress weekly by refining their business plans, and setting new goals. The program may be offered as part of an established business curriculum or in an after school, home or community center setting.
Each session covers:
- Goals for the week
- Business and Journal topics for discussion
- Business vocabulary
- Activities based on the WMFF Student Guide
- A weekly challenge.