NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Newport News businessman and school board member hopes to keep kids busy and out of trouble while setting them up for success.
John Eley tells 10 On Your Side that the Youth Entrepreneur Summer Workshop is a way to teach teenagers how to create a business plan.
The workshop is in partnership with ‘What’s next?’ SOFTWARE with Virginia Peninsula Community College. A group of students from the peninsula were invited to the free masterclass for new business owners.
“We want to make sure we give our young people the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship as early as possible,” Eley explained. “You don’t need a degree to become a business owner. You need passion, you need love, and experience helps a lot.”
Bethel High School student Amare Hill plans to open a homeless shelter and community center for those with disabilities. He signed up to learn about branding and finance from million dollar business owners. Hill wants to make a difference in the community.
“I always want to help people, that’s something in my blood that nobody can take away,” Hill said.
Manara Lewter, a senior at Heritage High School, plans to open her own private dental practice to provide affordable dentistry. She learned a lot during the one-day class and is willing to work hard to help others.
“There will be some bumps in the road, but I’m here and I’m ready to do it! I’m ready to start. I’m ready to make the plan and do what I have to do in order to be who I want to be!”
All students received a certificate and did so well during the business exercise.
Eley plans to take the group to Busch Gardens next month.