LOGAN – My Discovery Destination, a platform dedicated to creating programs and learning opportunities for Cache Valley families, is launching a new program called KIDpreneurs. The program is aimed at school-aged children interested in starting a business or growing their current business.
KIDpreneurs will meet monthly starting in September to assist kids as they explore, create and implement their business ideas. Program Director Trista Cromwell said the main goal is to help children develop a problem-solving mindset.
“There are a lot of problems in the world. You can either say, ‘that stinks’ or you can say, ‘hey, I have a solution.’ We want to help kids develop that mindset to solve problems they see in the form of a business that will benefit them,” Cromwell said.
As part of the monthly meetings, local professionals will teach the kids about a variety of business topics. Examples of topics include business tools, taxes, licensing, local laws, budgeting, marketing, creating a business plan, cash flow principles, growing a business, finding and keeping customers, and more. Cromwell encourages any local professional to reach out and volunteer their time for the children.
“We have a lot of talented people in this valley. We’re asking them to share their knowledge and teach this next generation. We could use their help,” Cromwell said.
Cromwell’s children enjoy the entrepreneur mindset. Her 7-year-old son noticed their big grape vine, so they picked the grapes and sold them out in the front yard. He also made cherry jam from their fresh cherry tree, spending his birthday money on the canning supplies and selling the jam to neighbors. Her children have also sold their home-grown pumpkins for Halloween, and her oldest son is starting a recycling business to collect cans and take them to the recycling center.
“Parents play a huge role. If kids are doing it all on their own, it can be hard to be successful. It needs to be a family adventure,” she said.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time and expertise with KIDpreneurs and be involved in their kids’ dreams. The program is aimed for children 5-18. The monthly meetings also include a chance for kids to spotlight their business and learn from each other. The peer group allows the children to explore and brainstorm with each other.
The next KIDpreneur meeting will be September 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lundstrum Student Center. More information can be found at MyDiscoveryDestination.com