ENTREPRENEURIAL SUMMER CAMP ENDS WITH A TEAM COMPETITION
Career Adventure Camp Aims to Teach Kids Financial Responsibility and How to Run a Business.
For the past three years, New Haven Public Schools has offered a transitional summer program geared towards incoming high school students called Career Adventure Camp. This five-week program provides a unique curriculum that help prepare students for future careers. The program run five days a week from 8:00am until 12:30 and students are required to be on-time and dressed appropriately for a business environment. The program’s slogan is, “This is a job”. There are four areas of study: Entrepreneurship – Learn how to start your own business; Personal Finance – Learn how to manage your money; Language Arts – Improve your reading and writing skills; and “Real Game” – Gain experience about life, work and community through a game format. At the beginning of the program in July, all 21 students took a trip to New York’s Wholesale District where they were given $25 to purchase, in volume, a product of their choice. Throughout the five weeks, they worked on a business plan to sell the product and then execute the plan. The final activity was a competition where each team presented their product, the business plan they created and the results of their efforts. The first place team received $150, second place team $100 and the third place team $50.