New Program Aims To Help Aspiring Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
New Program Aims To Help Aspiring Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

With some seed money from the Province of BC, Junior Achievement BC and Community Futures will target eight high schools in BC communities with a program to inspire and prepare Aboriginal youth to start a business of their own by
giving students access to the relevant skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to create a business plan. When finished, the students will be empowered to achieve their goals, actively participate in B.C.’s workforce and contribute to the economy.
“This partnership will help us reach more Aboriginal youth in these eight communities in B.C. By leveraging our strengths with those of Community Futures Development Corporation of the Central Interior First Nations’, we can provide more Aboriginal youth access to the skills and coaching they need to become successful in business,” says Jan Bell-Irving, the President and CEO for Junior Achievement BC.
The program will be launched at the end of October and will run through to the end of 2017 and strives to involve about 15 students in each community.
One of the partners in Fresh Slice Pizza is Jordan Low. It is model for what this pilot program strives to achieve: he has just turned 20 years of age, he’s smart, ambitious and he’s Metis.
“As a business owner, having a local mentor, and learning to develop a business plan, are two important elements to success in business that this program will provide. Having these supports available to young entrepreneurs will help more youth become inspired to create their own businesses.”


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