每日跟讀#643: Capitalism Camp for Kids
Summer camp: It’s not just for campfires, crushes on counselors and crying alone in a bunk bed. Summer camp is also for capitalism.
Or at least it is for a growing number of children whose parents enroll them in workshops and sleep-away trips that focus on stimulating the entrepreneurial mindset, enlightening youth about the importance of innovation, and imbuing the next generation with an appreciation for surplus value.
Biznovator, a company in South Florida, offers a slew of camps, academies and programs that are designed to teach students about how to be businesspeople and innovators (biznovators!). That includes the weeklong “Kamp for Kids,” which this summer will be held at the Divine Savior Academy, in Doral, Florida.
There, children as young as 8 will learn how to monetize their hobbies, interview local corporate executives and shoot YouTube commercials for their prospective businesses.
It also includes the more advanced “Connect Camp,” for preteens and high schoolers, which is typically run at Florida International University. Campers get tours of places like a Starbucks corporate office or the Federal Reserve, and are tasked with analyzing problems facing various companies and industries.
A New York-based nonprofit, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, also runs in-school and summer programs for students in sixth through 12th grades.
The goal of the organization — founded almost three decades ago with support from billionaire philanthropists, multinational banks and corporate consultants — has been, since the beginning, to “activate the entrepreneurial mindset and build startup skills in youth,” said Sophia Rodriguez, the director of research and analytics at NFTE.
Juan Casimiro, the founder and chief executive of Biznovator, believes children are never too young to start learning about business. “For more than 31 years, I’ve been running entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership camps — typically during the summers,” Casimiro said. “When I got involved, it was harder to convince parents, funding sources, organizations, that kids can learn business very early.
They couldn’t believe that a kid, at 10, can pick up these business principles and literally start their own little micro business.”
Now, Biznovator is piloting a Kamp for Kids program designed for children as young as 4 years old.
Source article: https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0067/341420/web/