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The Goals and Vision of the Program
The Learning Partnership’s “EA” experience is a hands-on entrepreneurial journey. It’s about sparking students’ natural curiosity, abilities and passion to seize an opportunity – and in the process, learning to make the most of resources and community networks, engaging others and discovering just what they can do!Each venture is a unique, local partnership open to K – 12 students, teachers and business partner volunteers. Supported by a rich network of fellow EA participants, and TLP’s resources across Canada, students are able to “live” their curriculum while turning their ideas into reality.
The Learning Partnership’s Regional Entrepreneurial Adventure (EA) Program has been designed to instill a sense of entrepreneurial spirit in children from kindergarten to Grade 12. It is the goal of the program to harness local resources and to provide students with a foundation of knowledge that will allow them to envision, create and operate their own entrepreneurial undertakings.
Entrepreneurial Adventure Goals
Enhance critical and creative thinking Cultivate the spirit of adventure and enterprise, risk and reward, and sense of satisfaction that come from transforming an idea into reality Promote self-reliance through transforming an idea into reality Experience collaboration and team work Develop project and time management skills Develop leadership and collaborative skills (ability to lead a team and work within a team)
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Advice from Entrepreneurial Adventure students
Benefits of the Entrepreneurial Adventure Program
The program benefits not just the teachers, business partner volunteers and students, but the communities in which it is developed. The entrepreneurial ventures become a point of pride for communities and generally result in funds being raised to support special causes. By instilling a sense of entrepreneurial adventure in the students, the program also opens the door for economic development and innovative projects to occur in communities and could effectively reduce the amount of youth out-migration by illustrating the boundless opportunities that an entrepreneurial venture provides.The program is about collaborations – between teachers and students, students and business partner volunteers, and the participants and their community. There are numerous benefits for each of the partner groups that become involved in the Entrepreneurial Adventure Program.
Benefits to Educators
Help students develop important life skills (leadership, teamwork, time management, etc. Teach students to be creative, strategic thinkers An innovative approach to traditional instruction that will engage all learning styles
Benefits to Business Partner Volunteers
Share your knowledge and expertise Give back to youth in your community Help students to explore opportunities in your own community Make a valuable contribution to education
Student Experience: (EA) is about taking an entrepreneurial journey that allows students to learn from the experience of turning their own ideas into reality. It’s all about being enterprising! (It’s not about “how-to-start-a-business”.)
Partnership: An (EA) journey is based on creating an entrepreneurial environment for everyone. (EA) is about bringing together students, teachers and business partners with a passion for a good idea and building an effective partnership team to make it happen.
Accessing Community Networks: Like any successful entrepreneurial venture, (EA) partners achieve success by learning to make the most of available resources and community networks to support them throughout their venture (i.e., (EA) events, programs, resource materials, alumni and fellow participants on the journey!)
Curriculum Focused: (EA) experience is solidly linked to the curriculum and it integrates a variety of curricular areas. Not only are students learning about mathematics, language arts, social studies, science and technology but also about interpersonal relationships, cooperative and collaborative learning, meeting timelines and following through on commitments, all important life skills.
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