Entrepreneurship needs to be a mindset, cultivated and nurtured from an early age. Regardless of whether you want to start your own business or take ownership of your own career, in today’s world, an entrepreneurial mindset is a necessity.
One of the most important things to develop as an aspiring entrepreneur is your MINDSET.
Your entrepreneurial mind-set is the greatest thing that will determine your success. You are your most important asset, so we invite you to invest in yourself!!!
An entrepreneurial mindset is a set of skills that enable people to identify and make the most of opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks, and succeed in a variety of settings.
The biggest killer of the entrepreneurial mindset is not what you would expect. It’s not failure, the economy, or bad ideas. It’s doubt – in ourselves, our surroundings, and our abilities. Self-doubt kills many dreams, long before any external factors can come into play. The failure of traditional educational experiences to connect youth and young adults to real-life experience and the boredom (as well as lack of engagement, energy and expectations) that accompanies such experiences.
Our youth entrepreneurship programs approach learning in an interactive, experiential manner that connects real-life economic decisions to the institutional learning experience. Our programs incorporate technology, mentoring, and planning and startup of simulated and real businesses to produce tangible results. Youth graduating from our programs exhibit higher levels of achievement, are more prepared to take calculated risks and have increased economic opportunities.
"Every time you fail, remind yourself these words: ‘Life won’t always go my way, but I will always find a way'."
- Josiah Humphrey
Les Brown - Your Mind is the Key to Your Success (Les Brown Motivation)
BE YOUR OWN BOSS!!!
Entrepreneurship means a disciplined commitment to one's craft, an utter belief in self and the team, and an unfettering resilience to seeing the end-state. The mission of winning the championship for an entrepreneur may mean anything from releasing a new product that the world or your target market loves, achieving profitability and self-sufficiency, or exiting the business at a high multiple which rewards all stakeholders.
We Can Work It Out Inc. is a nonprofit social enterprise serving youth, young adults, families, and the communities that are under-represented with respect to wealth creation.
The current state of low academic achievement among a large majority of African American students is complex. While the U.S. has long professed that a world-class education is the right of every child, there are still major inequities in the education system that leave African American youth with fewer opportunities to receive a quality education throughout the educational pipeline (elementary, secondary, and postsecondary). African American students have fewer high-quality teachers, less-resourced schools, fewer gifted programs, and limited access to college preparatory coursework. These inequities are further complicated by issues of poverty and geography. For African American students, reduced and constrained access to educational opportunities begins in the early years and persists throughout the PreK-12 education system and beyond.
There are several points throughout the education pipeline where African American students are lost. Knowing these points of loss presents an opportunity to be strategic and deliberate with our investments in African American youth.
Minority Youth and Young Adult Engagement and Outreach
Our objective is to empower talented and motivated youth and young adults with the entrepreneurial mindset to build impactful enterprises that create jobs.
An Entrepreneurial Mindset: A Must for Black Americans
An entrepreneurial mindset gives African American youth and young adults the unique ability to create both economic and social value in everything they do. African American youth do not have the entrepreneurial background they need to make a positive difference in their community. An entrepreneurial system focuses on the development of sustainable entrepreneurs, to support innovation and the creation of new businesses where sustainability is the nexus for entrepreneurial activities. Entrepreneurs view three areas of an entrepreneurial ecosystem as being of pivotal importance – accessible markets, human capital/workforce and funding & finance.
“We are in the middle of a Black Economic Crisis. The crisis is driven by the fact that black wealth is trickling down toward zero, where it is expected to be within the next 20 - 30 years. Wealth is moving backward in our community largely due to one major factor:
The college to corporate model IS NOT WORKING.
Half of all Black college students have defaulted on student loans after giving as much as a quarter million dollars of family wealth to an overpriced university that can't even get them a high-paying job. Of course, black people are being hit by this system worse than anyone, and we are transferring trillions in wealth right back into the system that has oppressed us for centuries.”
Dr. Boyce Watkins, Finance professor
We Can Work It Out (WCWIO) was founded on the belief that effective and sustainable community empowerment work recognizes the intersections of culture, community, economy, health and well-being. In 2016, our strategic focus shifted as we saw a need to empower the growing number of African American youth and young adults in marginalized communities. We are looking to provide programming that will boost the resilience of minority youth and young adults and help them become leaders in both the business world and their communities. WCWIO will continue to build partnerships with local organizations and seek additional funding to support our programs.
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