Did you know that Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) offers incredible opportunities for youth to earn college credits free of charge? PSEO allow students grades 10-12 to enroll in college courses, gaining college credits while simultaneously earning high school credits. Each college credit taken through PSEO is worth up to $482.54 in savings depending on the college or university being attended.
In early February of 2018, the New York Times published an article about the idea of a changemaker. The man who coined the term, Bill Drayton, and started the idea of social entrepreneurship, discusses in the article the importance of a changemaker in our society, and how to instill this idea in the next generation. Drayton’s passions are very similar to the passions of Sundance Family Foundation, and why they started their mission of supporting youth development and strengthening family stability.
Google defines social entrepreneurship as “a person who establishes an enterprise with the aim of solving social problems or effecting social change.” Similarly, in the article Drayton defines a changemaker as someone who “can see the patterns around them, identify the problems in any situation, figure out ways to solve the problem, organize fluid teams, lead collective action and then continually adapt as situations change.” The core of these two ideas is problem solving, and how being a problem solver can open so many doors in someone’s life, and make a positive impact on society and in their own community.
The Sundance Family Foundation and Wilder Research are launching a 24-month project to develop the capacity of thirteen youth-serving organizations working with underrepresented and low-income youth in the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. These organizations offer Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) programs that combine personal and business skills, youth social and emotional learning, and community leadership opportunities. They provide key supports that help youth age 16-24 learn the soft and hard skills needed to get a livable wage job in manufacturing, trades and technology.