BUSINESS SAVVY MIDDLE SCHOOLERS? Young people innately possess the traits to become great entrepreneurs: natural creativity, curiosity about the world around them, willingness to take risks, and unbridled enthusiasm. To help these middle school students launch their inner entrepreneur, the Incubator Without Walls (iWOW) program at Lyndon State College is offering a interactive summer day camp. Students entering the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in fall 2013 will be able to spend a week on the Lyndon campus acquiring hands-on experience in the fundamentals of starting a business.
Participants will learn real world business skills like team building, leadership, financial management, communication, and business etiquette through interactive projects and exercises in an open, flexible, computer-equipped space. Each day’s “theme” will be reinforced through daily adventure activities designed by the Lyndon State Adventure Program. These activities include the low and high ropes courses, climbing wall, disc golf course, and more. Campers will end every day with an hour of supervised free swim at the college’s pool.
The iWOW Youth Entrepreneur Camp will be held from July 15-19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $225 camp fee includes lunch in the dining hall and daily snacks, materials, instruction, and all activities. Participation is limited. For reservations or more information, visit LyndonState.edu/YouthBusinessCamp or contact Christina Cotnoir at (802) 626-6747 or Christina.Cotnoir@lyndonstate.edu.
Incubator Without Walls at Lyndon State College aims to increase Northeast Kingdom business competitiveness and decrease unemployment by providing services to businesses. IWOW pairs faculty-student teams with small businesses to assess their needs, define optimal business performance steps, and propose solutions.