The Memphis Challenge 9/10 Movement four-week boot camp for rising 9th and 10th grade students culminated Wednesday with its closing ceremony and small business presentations at Christian Brothers University.
Forty-nine students were exposed to a variety of skills and knowledge that led to creating one-year vision boards, learning to accept personal responsibility, building self-esteem and improving their public speaking. Christian Brothers University hosted the camp and led the ENACTUS entrepreneurship component (enactus.org) with a team of interns.
Students visited local franchise Lenny’s Sub Shop owner James Kelly and Start Co. and heard from accelerator company PICKLE, where they were included them in a beta test. Guest speakers included Al Pickett, author and entrepreneur; Stormy Taylor, radio personality, Clear Channel Media; and Brit Fitzpatrick, founder/ CEO of MentorMe.com, who spoke about the importance of education, business and public speaking.
The students created eight small businesses, with three of the business ideas presented at Wednesday’s ceremony.
Memphis Challenge will continue to work and support the students during the academic year on a bi-monthly basis reinforcing academic excellence and entrepreneurship.
“We have planted seeds of academic excellence and personal responsibility in their creative young minds and we want to support their aspirations and provide them with the tools, resources and mentors to be successful,” said Cassandra H. Webster, executive director.
The MC 9/10 program is made possible by a grant from the Pyramid Peak Foundation.