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Entrepreneurship Camp for Saguache Students

Earlier this month, students from Mountain Valley School participated in a three-day Entrepreneurship Camp. And on October 6 the final results were revealed as the young entrepreneurs presented their businesses to the community. From a Pet Daycare operation created by Kaelyn Taylor to Cyrus’ Costom Cupcakes, it was clear that these 8th -12th grade students had learned a lot, and were ready to close the deal and make the sale!

“I am selling my art that I drew by hand,” explained Keladra Brooks, who had a wide array of finished illustrations and drawings for sale under her business KRB’s Art.

As part of HEART of Saguache/KV Student to Career Pathway Initiative (CPI), 8th -12th grade students participated in the program at Mountain Valley School. There are three events tied to the initiative. The first was the Entrepreneurship Camp, next up will be a Job Fair to match up students with perspective employers. The program will conclude with the Career Cab event.

“The students get on a school bus,” explains Youth Engagement Expert, Craig Schroeder, “to go to the work locations of their career interest, to see what the work environment is like, what they actually do on that job, how much money they can make.”

After the Entrepreneurship Camp presentation, the students were rewarded by CPI Coordinator Miracle Gomez with a certificate and a $10 award by Saguache County Commissioner Tim Lovato.

“I had a good time being with these kids,” said Gomez to a room of proud parents and future customers for these budding entrepreneurs. “I really truly believe in what we’re doing and that it is going to make a difference in our community.”
Looks like the future is Open for Business in Saguache Today.

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HEART of Saguache/KV staff and Entrepreneurship Camp students are pictured: (front left to right): Kaelyn Taylor, Jacob Denison, James Brooks; (rear left to right)Mirace Gomez, Keladra Brooks, Principal Kathy Hill, Laurie Vigil, Craig Schroeder, Stacey Holden and Cyrus Van Egmond. Good job! Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

About the expert . . . .
Craig Schroeder grew up on his family’s farm near Holbrook in southwest Nebraska, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986. In 1989, after an early career in international agriculture trade, Schroeder and his new bride, Dawn, a Los Angeles native, moved back to his hometown of 223 people and experienced firsthand what it is like for a farm boy to come home and a city girl to move to the country.

This decision resulted in an 11-year experiment in young adult recruitment and rural revitalization emerging from the eighties agricultural crisis. Schroeder’s work during this period included the conversion of his former high school into a regional business incubator that has also served as home base for GROW Nebraska for the past two decades.

Schroeder has committed his career to helping rural communities create more prosperous futures; working as a local economic developer, rural telecommunications policy leader, Executive Director of the Nebraska Rural Development Commission, Senior Fellow with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and President of the Heartland Center for Leadership Development. He has also served on several prominent state and national rural development boards and commissions during his career.

Schroeder’s work extends across 47 states involving well over 40,000 youth, and in Canada, Australia and Russia, helping community leaders, educators and economic development professionals implement effective youth engagement, workforce development and entrepreneurship strategies. And this week, he will be in Saguache working with students from Mountain Valley Schools! The results will be exciting – see you on Saturday!

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Student Kaelyn Taylor presents her Pet Daycare business at the Entrepreneurship Camp at Mountain Valley School. She is Open for Business if you’re needing some care for your pets. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

 

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