empowering the youth
Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy
By Kelly Price

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Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy is a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms young students into confident entrepreneurs and individuals that are prepared for the future. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of business owners, coding and S.T.E.M Projects. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting trips to local companies. MEA approach empowers youth to take charge of their futures in a profound way.

 

I believe teaching entrepreneurship to kids is not just a good idea, I believe it should form a part of the school curriculum. This is because it teaches children essential life skills, and the earlier they are introduced to the world of business, coding and S.T.E.M. the bigger the impact it can make on our children. I started Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy to give our children exposure to the world of business and entrepreneurship helps children to develop their confidence across the board. To pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor, it is essential to be able to confidently ‘sell’ yourself, your product or your service. When learning about entrepreneurship, children are taught how to express themselves to people and how to get their points across well to close a deal. As a student at Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy we have six areas we focus on to start developing students.

It is our responsibility to empower our youth

Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy is working very hard to change the lives of children in our classes one student at a time. Teaching children and watching them evolve is a passion for my staff and I. We want each child we serve have the chance to make the most out of their education. Our motto at Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy is “He who wants to be King must first learn to serve” Our children must use all their skills to develop their skills to become the leaders of the future. Our children are our future and it is our responsibility to ensure we give them every opportunity to make the best of the world they one day will inherit.

The first area we focus on: Communication skills; So, our youth today need communication skills, both in written form and verbally. Being able to give a speech or a presentation will greatly benefit them personally and professionally today. Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy addresses this by teaching our students communicational skills needed for business as well as for everyday communicating with others.

The second area of focus: Leadership skills; developing the ability to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and professional goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out. Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy provides the tools needed for youth to manage time, work in a team setting, set goals, start conversations, facilitate meetings, and make effective presentations; all of which are positive life skills that they will carry into adulthood.

 

The third area of focus: Entrepreneurship; While we’re teaching people to be better employees, we should also invest in teaching them the mindset, coupled with the skills, to be innovators and entrepreneurs. Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy focuses is developing the ability to recognize opportunity and giving young people the tools to capitalize on those opportunities empowers them to take ownership of their future in ways which directly link education to real-world success.

The fourth area of focus: Coding; You have probably read articles about how important it is that today’s kids learn to code. Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy has taken on the task to teach a future generation coding a skill that is useful for the future of business and personal.

The sixth area of focus: Critical Thinking; Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy uses games like chess and discussions to evaluate the existing evidence and issues.

 

The fifth area of focus: S.T.E.M. Projects; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics! S.T.E.M., and therefore, S.T.E.M. education is vital to our future. STEM is everywhere; it shapes our everyday experiences. Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy has added S.T.E.M. Projects to its curriculum, S.T.E.M. is their future, the technological age in which our children live, their best career options, and their key to wise decisions.

 

 

In the fall of 2018 Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy, we will have an after school tutoring program to help students. Tutoring helps to teach each child important study habits that he or she can use in the classroom and beyond. Tutoring programs give students the skills they need to study and learn on their own, so they can reach their goals both inside and outside of school. I have learned that we need to help our children develop the skills needed to really make an impact on their academic future.
Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy has also started teaching chess in the fall of 2017! There are so many benefits for children to learn the game of chess,

  1.     Chess helps you Concentrate; It’s a reasonably long and involved game. My kids love it so much, they get so involved. You can see the gears whirring, the clogs ticking. The brain being exercised.
  2.     Chess Develops Problems Solving Skills; Children learn to focus on the movement of all the pieces on the board. They learn solve problems of when their king or any other piece are under attack.
  3.     Chess Improves Your Memory; Just remembering how all the pieces move is enough to stretch the brain’s memory.
  4.     Playing Chess Uses both sides of Your Brain; Chess is a great 3D game and exercises both parts of your brain. As we get older we focus more on one side, the left side and let our right side of the brain get lazy. The more we use both sides of the brain, the better. Brains need to be used and exercised to function at their maximum capacity.
  5.     Chess Teaches Planning and Foresight, you have look two or three moves ahead.
  6.     Chess Helps with Strategy Thinking; makes you think what move will the other player make.
  7.     Chess Improves Your Attention Span; When you’re involved and enjoying something, you’re more likely to concentrate for longer. Do that frequently and you’ll soon improve your attention span.
  8.     Chess Improves Reading Skills; A study in 1991 looked at reading performance in elementary schools and compared it with children who didn’t play chess. The kids who played chess were above the national average for reading skills (and they were from a district that overall was below the national average.) I’m sure it’s just to do with getting all those bits of your brain working.
  9. Chess Increases Creativity; creativity is linked with the right side of your brain. Chess helps your children to come up with original, creative thoughts.

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Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy is working very hard to change the lives of children in our classes one student at a time. Teaching children and watching them evolve is a passion for my staff and I. We want each child we serve have the chance to make the most out of their education. Our motto at Memphis Entrepreneurship Academy is “He who wants to be King must first learn to serve” Our children must use all their skills to develop their skills to become the leaders of the future. Our children are our future and it is our responsibility to ensure we give them every opportunity to make the best of the world they one day will inherit.

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