By Deborah Hall
As a single mother raising two children in the inner-city I desired for my children to reach their full potential despite our current circumstances. I saw Brian Jenkins’ Entrenuity, Inc. program as an open door for my son to learn about entrepreneurship. Unfortunately, he wasn’t interested in the program because his concentration was on pursuing a career as a professional basketball player. As a mother, I saw a different future for him that didn’t include professional sports. Growing up, I saw youth of different ethnicities being groomed for entrepreneurship. They had opportunities of working in their family’s business and growing up in an environment that fostered business ownership.
He liked the idea of being a young business man, especially the fringe benefit of making money.
Unfortunately, this practice wasn’t instilled in the community where I lived and I wanted my children to learn about this. Once Stephan started the Entrenuity program he discovered that being an entrepreneur was within his reach…not when he was older but in the very near future. He liked the idea of being a young business man, especially the fringe benefit of making money. Stephan was successful in operating his vending machine business. He and his business partner were underage drivers and in order for them to purchase their products they needed the commitment from their mothers to drive them around. Many sacrifices were made by us in order for their business to succeed. My support for Stephan attributed to his confidence as a business man.
However, as Stephan grew older I discovered that entrepreneurship teaches children invaluable life skills.
I saw Stephan develop independent thinking skills that assists him in succeeding in his academic studies. He learned about networking in order to pursue his various start-up businesses. He developed a high level of self-esteem which assisted him in public speaking. His new hobbies include reading the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and other business periodicals. At Morehouse College he belongs to various business clubs.
However, of all the things that Brian Jenkins introduces to students in regards to entrepreneurship…it’s learning to take a risk. The most recent risk that Stephan took was in pursuing a summer internship. He sent 40 blind cover letters and resumes to CEO’s of various financial institutions. This risk garnered him a summer internship with the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. Being an entrepreneur is risky but in order to succeed in life you need to take risks.
My mother, she was so adamant about me being in this class. And so I was the youngest one in the class. I didn't know anything about entrepreneurship. Knew nothing about business. However she knew that this entrepreneurship class meant something bigger...
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