What If…. Youth Entrepreneurship and Education

Jennswondering reflects on recent discussions about education. She attended a talk by Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff who wrote From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development and wonders about the greater connections between different entrepreneurial projects that she and her family have been involved with. She looks at the US and wonders about the possibilities of families and communities funding different educational opportunities that encourage both parents and students to develop their employability. She provides examples both in US cities and in developing countries that have opportunities for students to develop

Teach a Man to Fish (http://teachamantofish.org.uk) has created fully sustainable, tuition-free schools in Paraguay, Kenya, Uganda, and Nicaragua and Bolivia, where students run small businesses that fund the school, learning required entrepreneurial skills in the process alongside the traditional academic curriculum. There are also schools in the U.S. combining traditional academics with entrepreneurial programming

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