Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes invited to register for popular entrepreneurship program

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Head Start in Business and YouLaunch are excited to once again offer the “Be a Business Bee” in-school youth entrepreneurship program. The program allows Kindergarten to Grade 1 students the opportunity to engage in a truly unique learning experience. Children are encouraged to make real life connections while having thoughtful conversations about what it means to be an entrepreneur.

This program is the first of its kind to be offered in the Algoma region.  It was designed by Head Start in Business and is offered by YouLaunch, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s youth entrepreneur program. The “Be a Business Bee” program first launched in the Sault in March 2016 with very positive feedback from both teachers and students.  Here are some comments from teachers who participated in the program:

“I highly recommend the Be a Business Bee series of workshops to complement all elementary community and career studies.”

“The students were interested in all of the information and activities about business entrepreneurship. Awesome!”

“Activities were interesting and age appropriate.”

“Very well done! The students were engaged and interested. Thank you!”

Head Start PizzaStudents are encouraged to participate in exciting and age-appropriate activities that will allow them to examine the world around them, while stimulating their curiosity and imagination. Students explore the things that they love to do and discuss their many talents. They then connect what they love to do with future career opportunities.

All activities are directly connected to curriculum outcomes and provide students with guided, intentional and purposeful classroom interaction, while working with one of Head Start in Business’s trained Coordinators from their very own community.

Head Start in Business brings together 24 Community Futures Development Corporations across Northern Ontario and has been a driving force in entrepreneurship awareness and initiation for the past 15 years. Over 16,000 youth have participated in the innovative and experiential programs, making entrepreneurship more accessible and realistic as a viable career option.

Head Start in Business, along with the Community Futures Development Corporations of Northern Ontario, would like to thank all of our partners who have made “Be a Business Bee” possible: FedNor, Industry Canada, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.

Registration is required – register your class today!
Ashlee Gerard from YouLaunch will be delivering the “Be a Business Bee” program throughout the months of May and June. Timing and program scheduling is flexible. Teachers are encouraged to book classes as soon as possible by contacting Ashlee directly by phone 705-942-7927 ext. 3174 or email at [email protected].

For a full list of programs delivered by Head Start in Business or to book a workshop in your classroom visit their website at Follow them on Facebook at Head Start in Business and Twitter @YouthBizStart or contact Ashlee for more information.
About YouLaunch

YouLaunch, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s youth entrepreneur program, will act as a catalyst for youth entrepreneur development in the Algoma region. Through outreach activities and business start-up resources, youth will be engaged and supported to pursue their business ideas and consider entrepreneurship as a career. YouLaunch will develop outreach activities, tools, and resources geared to youth entrepreneur development.

About the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) is a non-profit organization established in 1999 to function as a catalyst for economic development and diversification in the information technology and science knowledge based sectors. SSMIC’s mission is to drive business growth, facilitate research and commercialize innovation in globally significant areas of science and technology through partnerships, expert advice, community development, business incubation, youth outreach and sector development activities. Key SSMIC business divisions include the Community Geomatics Centre, Rural Agri-Innovation Network, YouLaunch, Business Support Services and Smart Energy.


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