Start Detroit Offers Free Two Day Conference for Youth

By Amanda Lewan on April 25th, 2014 / Comments

Our youth will be the next generation of entrepreneurs leading our country. Or, they will will be if they know that entrepreneurship is a path available for them.

Startup Effect, a Venture For America program that teaches high school age youth entrepreneurship, will host a special conference for youth called Start Detroit. On the weekend of May 3rd- 4th, 100 Detroit area high schoolers will be able to attend a free educational conference all about entrepreneurship.

Stella Safari a Venture For America Fellow at Invest Detroit is helping lead the event. She says it’s all about inspiring youth to know entrepreneurship is a viable path for anyone.

“The goal of the program is to use entrepreneurship as a tool and framework to empower youth to think independently, proactively, and creatively,” said Stella. “We want to show them entrepreneurship is attainable and there are plenty of ways to be involved in addition to being a founder of a company.”

It won’t just be a class for two days. The first day will have a variety of workshops and panels. The second day will be like a “Startup Weekend” for youth.  Students will participate in challenges and have the opportunity to win a prize at the end of the weekend.

At the end, Stella believes teaching this framework will leave youth feeling empowered. 

“Many of the students we work with face challenges in their communities and at home, and we found that our framework helps them to feel empowered by providing them the tools to create solutions,” she said.

Local community members including myself will be there to help teach and share what we’ve learned working on our own. Start Detroit will be held at Grand Circus downtown at 1570 Woodward.

APPLY: Learn more about the program at StartDetroit.com. Applications and attendance are free for high school age youth, so please share with family and friends.

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Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

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