Unity Community Entrepreneurship Project

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Southern New Hampshire University
The Unity Community Entrepreneurship Project is geared toward children and youth between the ages of seven and twelve years old who are current members of Unity Community Center of South Jersey, Incorporated located in Camden New Jersey. The project addresses the perpetuation of poverty in the lives of the above mentioned target population. The project is made up of two modules that teach children and youth to learn, explore, and discover the steps to self sufficiency. The first module is Financial Literacy this workshop module teaches the fundamentals of money and how to use it. The second module is Entrepreneurship this training module provides a hands-on business ownership experience. The goal is for each module to instill a better understanding of basic finance and basic business ownership. By increasing the knowledgebase of how to live independently it increases their chances of making informed decisions when it comes to their livelihoods. The overall objective is to provide a venue for marginalized children and youth to begin taking steps towards becoming productive citizens of the community. These goals are accomplished by early education about how to be economically independent and stable. (Author abstract)