Kidovate is a fun, free, hands-on youth entrepreneurship initiative for school-age youth (aged 10 to 17), developed and delivered by UVic entrepreneurship professor J. Brock Smith. (Google maps)

Kidovate is a fun, free, hands-on youth entrepreneurship initiative for school-age youth (aged 10 to 17), developed and delivered by UVic entrepreneurship professor J. Brock Smith. (Google maps)

UVic professor offers free entrepreneurship training for youth

Program teaches youth to become ‘financially independent architects of their own future’

Youth in Victoria have a chance to develop their entrepreneurial spirit and create their own micro venture with the help of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria.

Kidovate is a free, hands-on youth entrepreneurship program for school-age youth (aged 12 to 18), developed and delivered by UVic entrepreneurship professor J. Brock Smith.

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“An entrepreneurial mindset provides youth with the skills to adapt to a changing world, and helps them learn to take initiative, meet challenges, and become financially independent architects of their own future,” said Smith.

During the program, youth are guided – by a graphic novel workbook and mentors – through the process of making a product of their choice and selling it to the public at Kidovate market stalls in malls across Victoria on May 25.

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Central to the experience, according to Kidovate, is instilling a sense of corporate social responsibility in the young entrepreneurs. Each participant is encouraged to pledge a portion of their profits to a charity of their choice.

For learn more about the program, visit kidovate.ca.


 

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