Support children’s dreams
Parents are being encouraged to support their children’s dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.
That advice was imparted this evening as 71 children graduated from Camp Enterprise.
Monif Clarke, chief executive officer and founder of plus-size fashion and clothing company, also encouraged the campers gathered in the Queen’s College auditorium for a business plan presentation and awards ceremony, to go above and beyond in their duties, talk to business people, ask lots of questions, and pay close attention to Mathematics if they wanted to be successful in their chosen fields.
“All the parents that are here, I think it is so important that you continue to encourage your children in the entrepreneur life that they have chosen,” said Clarke, pointing out that choosing to go the route of entrepreneurship was not an easy decision.
“You have to put in a lot of work. So I would encourage the parents to continue to push their kids,” she added, sharing the story of how she started her business and received encouragement from her mother.
Speaking directly to the campers, Clarke said: “When you go above and beyond, people notice it, people pay attention and people want to help you. Ask a lot of questions; particularly ask questions of all kinds of entrepreneurs.”
Addressing this evening’s ceremony, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth, Ruth Blackman also urged parents to support their children in their business ventures.
“When we invest in our young people we invest in ourselves. When entrepreneurship is the area of concentration, we have the added benefits of job creation, the provision of needed products and services and the impact that these young entrepreneurs, that these young people have on each other, cannot be overlooked. It is a positive ripple effect,” she said.
“I wish to issue a call to action. Parents, continue to foster creativity, independent thought and tenacity in your children. You are their biggest and most important cheerleaders . . . Campers, continue to think differently and to see solutions where others see only challenges. Continue to see yourself as potential business leaders,” added Blackman.
During the five-week camp, which will officially end tomorrow, the campers were divided into six groups, each of which had to create a company offering a product or service.
Today, the campers made presentations before a panel of judges, outlining their business models, products and services and sharing their experiences.
They all agreed that while setting up a business was challenging and hard work, the overall experience at the camp, which had an agriculture theme, was an exciting one.
The company Ir Verde (Spanish for Go Green), which sold colouring books with a local agriculture theme, walked away as the business with the best presentation and the one that was most innovative. Individual campers were also awarded in various categories, while all of them received certificates of completion.