The Mitney Project’s business camp helps students take charge of their future

  • Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Updated Friday, January 31, 2014 3:21 am

Georgetown – Discovery of the next Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey could be just five weeks away.

On Monday, The Mitney Project will launch the next session of its BOOST Biz Camp for youths ages 13-18, putting the start of an amazing new future within their grasp.

The BOOST Biz Camp, led by a certified instructor, is a five-week intensive entrepreneurial mentoring afterschool camp which teaches youth how to develop a business plan for an original idea and gives them the opportunity to compete for seed money to start their business.

Students meet five days per week from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The camp’s curriculum has a national track record of producing outstanding young entrepreneurs.

“This class showed me how important planning is for success,” said Michael White, a former Biz Camp student and winner of Mitney’s Gamechangers Business Plan Competition in November 2012.

White, who intends to use his winnings to open his barbering service business, Korner Kut’z after obtaining an apprentice license, said “The Biz Camp helped me to think through my project, and consider details I hadn’t thought about. Before the class my business was an idea. Now it’s going to be a reality.”

The Biz Camp is open to all students ages 13 to 18 and will take place at the new Mitney Center in Georgetown. A business plan competition judged by a panel of adult professionals is being planned for May, as well as a camp for adults designed to teach fledgling and current entrepreneurs how to develop more sustainable businesses.

The Biz Camp is part of The Mitney Project’s BOOST anti-poverty initiative whose activities help youth and adult participants become self-sufficient by helping them to create economic opportunities and enriched personal lives.

“Young entrepreneurs are key to creating a cycle of success in communities,” said Leslie Di Mitri, Mitney’s executive director.

“In building a more sustainable future for themselves these young people will be changing the progress trajectory for their families and neighborhoods. They are creating new opportunities for themselves and setting examples others can follow.”

All Biz Camp participants will continue to be involved in the BOOST program for one year, during which they will travel around the state meeting successful entrepreneurs working in emerging industries.

They will also learn about leadership during dinners with Georgetown business leaders. These activities were underwritten by grants from the Frances P. Bunelle Foundation, Bank of America Foundation and individual donors.

The Mitney Project is a non-profit, 501(c)3 community revitalization organization established in Georgetown.

Its mission is to provide preeminent, innovative cultural enrichment and educational programs to underprivileged youth of Georgetown and their families; and to nurture and support positive cultural development in their communities aimed at improving their quality of life.

Learn more about the BOOST Biz Camp online at www.themitneyproject.org or by calling 843-546-7900.

— From Mitney Project

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