PRESS RELEASE – At a time when globalization, unemployment and downsizing are exerting pressures on the local economy, the development of an entrepreneurial culture is critical to establish a vibrant small business sector.
But perhaps more importantly, entrepreneurship has become ever more important as an avenue for meaningful employment for young persons to become productive members within the community.
This summer, Gama learning Institute, supported by Lucelec, held a youth entrepreneurship program for persons between the ages of 14-18 from July 27th to August 6th.
This youth program was designed to be a FUN, highly interactive, hands-on approach to building entrepreneurial skills. The focus will be future orientated and will assist the youth to develop their skills and abilities to think and act entrepreneurially. Topics at the camp include: The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur, Personal Vision and Overall Strategy.
The Gama Youth Entrepreneurial camp was developed utilizing the Entrepreneurial Skill Development model as developed by The Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship (ACSBE).
ACSBE, formally the Acadia Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship – (www.acsbe.com), is an affiliate of Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a recognized leader in the development and delivery of entrepreneurial education, social, community, and micro and small business development, and professional development for small business counselors.
A special feature of the camp was presentations and speeches from professionals across various fields; with the feature presentation being delivered by the founder of Strategic Marketing Consulting firm, Advanced Intellectual Methods (A.I.M.) Mr. Leslie Collymore on the topic of “Marketing Your Business”.
The presentation was well received by the participants and the excitement of the children was uncontainable as they rushed to develop their marketing strategies for their respective “start ups” .
“To be perfectly honest, I did not know the children would have received the information that I shared with them, however I was very impressed by how quickly they grasped the concept of marketing and the questions/feedback they provided. If this is any indication of the quality of our future entrepreneurs, I believe that St. Lucia will soon be one of major regional leaders in innovation and business in the not too distant future,” stated Mr. Collymore.
Mr. Collymore also applauded Gama learning Institute and Lucelec for hosting such a valuable initiative aimed at the holistic development of our youth.