July 27th, 2017.
This year’s entrepreneurship program is going be yet another excited Caribbean\International learning experience for the students from Non-Profit, Atlantic Impact of Georgia USA; who will partake in a specialized training module created by COESL “Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods based in Barbados.
Constructive Solutions Inc. is the approved and accredited implementing partner for St. Vincent & the Grenadines; this year Dr. Ashley John will collaborate once again to share diverse knowledge on Mentorship, the entrepreneurial mindset and how to create and manage an enterprise for sustainable livelihoods.
Read on from the feed back from the program conducted in 2015.
Detroit youth learn from Barbadian young entrepreneurs
Atlantic Impact partnered with the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods to provide invaluable experiences for Detroit youth who traveled to Barbados in August for their very first international experience.
Students participated in active and engaging workshops that focused on developing entrepreneurial skills. Key topics included building an entrepreneurial mindset/behavior and strengthening creativity, with discussions and activities led by Dr. Ashley John and Karlene Gordon.
Following this introduction to entrepreneurship, each student was paired with an entrepreneur and local youth business. Through spending time with and shadowing local business owners who are making a difference in the Barbados economy today, students not only learned about how to start and operate a business, but they gained a unique perspective into the Bajan culture.
There was great diversity in the industries of the entrepreneurs, which included agriculture, education, food, e-waste management, marketing, social issues, plumbing, and construction. Students reported that the experiences with shadowing the entrepreneurs allowed them to gain hands-on experiences and that they were inspired by the entrepreneurs they were paired with. The experiences also allowed them to see that starting a business could be possible for them.
Students reported that the experiences with shadowing the entrepreneurs allowed them to gain hands-on experiences and that they were inspired by the entrepreneurs they were paired with. The experiences also allowed them to see that starting a business could be possible for them.
Student Jayvon said that shadowing an entrepreneur was among the most valuable experiences in Barbados for him when he shadowed baker Shawna Rollins’ business Delicious Treats: “What I got from the experience was her dedication, her hard work, and her ambition. It showed me that a little dream can turn into a big empire.”
Another student Kenneth learned a lot from the entrepreneur he shadowed, Nadaline Cummings of Caribbean E-Waste Management, Inc. He also got hands-on experience in the industry. He was inspired to hear her story of determination and overcoming numerous challenges in the process of starting her own business.
The city that Atlantic Impact students come from is suffering from a major economic downturn. Through the shadowing, our students were able to build applicable skills that can be applied to improving their communities upon then return home. Atlantic Impact students will take what they learned from the workshop and Barbadian entrepreneurs and apply that knowledge to projects back home in the United States.
Atlantic Impact is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the United States. Students who participated in this Barbados experience are age 16-17 and live in Detroit, Michigan. Without Atlantic Impact, they would not have the chance to travel internationally. Most students had never been on a plane prior to the trip, as they have barely stepped outside their neighborhoods, and the experience was the first time abroad for all students. To learn more, visit atlanticimpact.org. Atlantic Impact is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.