Future Entrepreneurs

Youth today are the leaders of tomorrow

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Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

October 7, 2002

Where are you located:

South Carolina, Florence 29501

Website or social media url(s) (optional):

website: www.scfutureentrepreneurs.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/scfutureentrepreneurs/

Date Started

10/1/2017

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

Future Entrepreneurs believes youth today are future leaders. Our desire is to make an impact in the lives of underprivileged youth by encouraging them to utilize their creative abilities, and give them the tools they need to start their own businesses and start their business plans. Future Entrepreneurs are stepping out to make a change in society to highlight the positive things youth are doing in our schools and in the community.

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

High unemployment is a growing problem around the world within minority neighborhoods. Our organization aims to help with the problem by giving high school students the resources required to plan and implement their business ideas. We believe students should learn the importance of financial literacy, and public speaking. Motivating youth can give them confidence and empower them for the world that awaits them after graduation from high school.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Future Entrepreneurs works in conjunction with Florence, South Carolina School District. Our organization offers mentorship, conferences, and workshops in the Florence community highlighting how to write a business plan and how to implement a business idea. We engage students by taking them on educational field trips to local community businesses.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

Future Entrepreneurs every month invites business professionals in the community to speak with students in their classroom. Our business professionals include: lawyers, doctors, government officials, and financial consultants. Students have access to speakers contact information if they chose to follow up with them for questions. As an inspiring motivational speaker, I had the opportunity to visit the WPDE television station and speak on the radio with iHeart Media during an interview.

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Future Entrepreneurs has an original business plan and can not be compared to other programs. We are innovative thinkers who empower high school students to "think outside the box". We are the X Factor. Our overall approach to learning is to offer a hands-on innovative approach to teach youth entrepreneurship skills. Future Entrepreneurs invite business professional in our community monthly into our classrooms to share their skills and experiences and we take students on educational field trips to engage with the outside community.

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Future Entrepreneurs are able to impact sixty marketing and entrepreneurship students within West Florence High School. Our organization host conferences and workshops within our community. Our community events received the attention of three hundred people. Our community events highlight financial literacy, communication skills, marketing and networking. Our organization was able to receive monetary support from corporate representatives to sponsor our events.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

Future Entrepreneurs is in the planning stage for our annual fundraiser in the month of September 2018. We are hosting the Igniting Innovation Gala and the proceeds will be used toward educational field trips for our high school students. During the next school semester in the month of August 2018, Future Entrepreneurs will be working with middle school students to introduce financial literacy skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). We believe this skill set is important to be introduced before high school.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

Future Entrepreneurs is a 501(c)3 organization. We receive donations from corporate representatives, family, and friends. We use the proceeds to purchase our website and for advertising for print media including: newspapers and magazine articles. Future Entrepreneurs uses advertising to connect with potential volunteers in our community. The proceeds from ticket sells are used toward the planning of our conferences and workshops, motivatal speakers, and educational field trips.

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Sales
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations over $10k

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

Future Entrepreneurs can not stand alone. Networking and building partnerships are essential to the functionality of our organization. Future Entrepreneurs wrote a business plan and met with potential partners. We were able to build partnerships with business professionals within our community to request they speak with students and share their skills and experiences. Future Entrepreneurs have written sponsorship proposals and submitted them to potential sponsors to request monetary support for our community events. Future Entrepreneurs has partnered with school administrators to incorporate our entrepreneurship program within the high school and middle school. Future Entrepreneurs has partnered with City Council to request they speak with students. Teresa Myers Ervin, Councilwoman City of Florence, SC. will speak at our upcoming event in September.

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Low-income community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others
  • T-Mobile page or contact

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

I would like to thank my teacher for telling me about this dynamic opportunity to work with Ashoka and T-mobile coporations.

Evaluation results

28 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 85.7%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 3.6%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 10.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 85.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 10.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 3.6%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 82.1%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 10.7%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 3.6%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 3.6%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 12%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 4%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 89.3%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 3.6%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 7.1%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

Attachments (1)

SIMT Venue FEF.pdf

The Future Entrepreneurs is hosting the Igniting Innovation Gala on Friday, September 21, 2018. Our organization promotes education and youth entrepreneurship. The highlight of the event will be an appearance from Mr. Christopher Gardener. Mr. Gardner is an international motivational speaker and author of the movie "Pursuit of Happyness". We strive to encourage youth to use their creativity abilities.

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Photo of Elizabeth Ducan
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Very inspiring. I'm glad to see youth engaged in learning entrepreneurship skills and focus on planning their future goals.

Photo of Sravya Alla
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Teaching entrepreneurial skills is priceless; as the global market becomes more and more competitive, these skills will become more in handy. Because entrepreneurship creates more opportunity, developing these skills early on will allow students to be more creative as they grow and develop. In particular, your shift to STEM/STEAM will allow you to touch even more students and truly broaden many perspectives.

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you Sravya, The purpose of the Future Entrepreneurs Foundation is to reach and teach entrepreneurship skills to as many students as we can. We are prepared and looking forward to a successful school year starting next month.

Photo of Tom Hines
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Glad to see the positive things youth are doing to make a difference in their schools and community. Great idea to introduce youth to entrepreneurship before they graduate from high school!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you, Tom

Photo of Mark Hammond
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Great idea to introduce youth to entrepreneurship. Very inspiring!

Photo of Pamela Little
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This concept is very inspiring. I believe it’s a great idea to introduce students to entrepreneurship skills before they graduate from high school. I also believe it’s a great idea to take them on educational field trips!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thanks Pamela!

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This program is not only a good idea, but needful for our youth. Children have giftings within them and they need to be motivated to bring those gifts forward. In the world today people hear in the media negative things concerning youth, especially minorty youth, It’s good to read youth are doing something positive to change the world around them.

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Thank You!

Photo of Glinda
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Very inspiring. Youth are future Leaders!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you Glinda

Photo of Special One
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This is a phenomenal idea to get youth involved in entrepreneurship. Great television video you included in your Personal Journey!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank You!

Photo of Carlos Shorter
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This concept of introducing entrepreneurship skills to high school students is phenomenal. As a student studying entrepreneurship in college I value the skills of being my own boss. Learning what it take to start, grow, and succeed with a new venture is awesome.

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you Carlos

Photo of Riya Krishnan
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I’d love to see if we can collaborate somehow! Wavve also helps to give teens the resources they need to launch ventures!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you, Riya! I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with you.

Photo of Claire Fallender
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What a great initiative to give young people exposure to entrepreneurship. It would be great to hear more how you came up with the idea and the strategy. Very inspiring!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you Claire!

Photo of Charles Wesala
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Great job! I'm really grateful for people like you changing things in our community, I really hope that you get picked for this, and that you help youth with there future lives.

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you very much! I greatly appreciate your kind words.

Photo of Anastasia Walton
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This type of project will allow a lot of youth to flourish in society once they graduate from high school! Great work!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank You!

Photo of Albany Navarre
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This is really good because a lot of schools have taken career day out of schools.

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you very much!

Photo of Gwen Jones
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This concept of introducing entrepreneurship skills to high school students is phenomenal. What a privilege you have received by coming on a live television show, WoW! A representative came from a television studio to speak with the students, Broadcaster Zach Covey, Great Work Dustin!!!

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Thanks Gwen

Photo of Briana Jones
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This idea is something I, myself, have always thought of. It is amazing to see a young African American doing something that can definitely make a huge impact!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you for your kind words.

Photo of Linda Clark
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This is a good concept to introduce high school students to be creative and mentor them to think of a business plan before they leave high school. Teach them while their young! The fact Future Entrepreneurs appeared on television and toured the tv studio is impressive!

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank You

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Considering the employment rate, it’s a good idea to get youth to focus on creating a business plan. Youth need emotional support ( love , disciple, and guidance) and financial support. Teaching youth entrepreneurship skills gives them confidence and financial literacy skills and no one in this world can make it without having knowledge of basic skills. You’re correct, we have to prepare them before graduation. All the best to your organization with your fundraising,

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Thank You

Photo of Young Social Activists Club-OPHS
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This is such a valuable and practical program for youth! Financial literacy and business acumen are incredible skills to have.

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you for you kind words.

Photo of Aysha G
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Love the concept! Teaching the youth entrepreneurship is a great idea, as they are our future.

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you Aysha

Photo of Wendi Burton
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Truly an inspirational journey from one so young..This is what positivity can accomplish.

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank you Wendy

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I’m glad to see the positive things youth are doing . I love this concept . Youth are future leaders.

Photo of Nanaefua Eshun
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Thank You. I really appreciate your kind words.

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Thank You

Photo of Phil Positive
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This is a great idea! Yes Youth are the leaders of tomorrow! Having an initiative idea such as this inspiring youth and giving them tools to grow in amazing! Keep up the work! PositiveVibesOnly!!

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Thank you, Phil

Photo of Glinda
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It's great to have a program that has students engaged and  it appears students are requesting more business professionals to visit them in their classrooms.