Youth Entrepreneur Education Program 2015/2016

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Mentoring uses the resources your company already has to improve employee satisfaction, develop leadership, and teach new skills.

Help for young entrepreneurs is on the way. The future of entrepreneurial growth in the US is in the hands of our young entrepreneurs, yet entrepreneurial resources for young entrepreneurs can be difficult to find.

The ultimate desired outcome for The Central Florida Disability Chamber Youth Program is to have young people more interested in self-employment as a career-option. Through our Chambers projects, students will also garner transferable business skills for both self employment and the job market, understand the relevance of education and choose to stay in school or pursue higher education, and develop life management and problem solving skills.

·         Youth Entrepreneur Education Program:

  • Opportunity for Work Based Experiences
  • Logic Models and Outcomes for Youth Entrepreneurship Programs
  • Opportunity to Exercise Leadership and Develop Interpersonal Skills
  • Opportunity to Develop Planning, Financial Literacy, and Money Management Skills
  • Mentors, including peer mentors both with and without disabilities, can assist in developing these competencies.
  • Classes will run on a monthly basis with established entrepreneurs who will present their stories on the path to success.

Is everybody wearing pink? But what about gray?

Everyone’s talking about breast cancer awareness this month. It’s a worthy cause which has gained a wealth of support. NFL players are styling the pink gloves and the pink bracelets are everywhere! A surprise to many, October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Congress created NDEAM to enlighten Americans about issues related to disabilities and employment. According to, the awareness bracelet color to support causes for disabled children is gray. So while we’re styling our pink, the Magic has been all about the gray too! In partnership with the Central Florida Disability Chamber (CFDC), the Magic hosted “Disability Mentoring Day” last Wednesday at Amway Center . About 20 students from Timber Creek High School were given a VIP tour of the Amway Center . The students are a part of the CFDC Youth Entrepreneurship Program where they are taught business skills for both self employment and the job market, how to pursue higher education, and develop life management skills.

After the tour, the students sat in on a career panel to learn about the many career options available in sports as well as business skills needed to run a sports franchise. Orlando Magic panelists, Casey Cole (Corporate Partners), Matt Keller (Marketing), Adly Santiago (Communications) and I (Community Relations) answered many questions about “Careers in Sports.”

The experience was very rewarding and impactful. As we walked the students back to their bus, a young girl asked me a question.

“How were your grades in school?” she said.

I replied, “Very good. I was in the National Honor Society with a 3.83 G.P.A.”

She replied, “That’s good. I’ve got to get my grades up. I’m not doing so well but after listening to you all today I’m going to work on it.”
Simply put…legendary.

Magic fans, let’s bring the gray out of your closet in support of Disability Awareness Month!

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