For the past two months, HeadQuarters has had the pleasure of being the homebase for the students and mentors of St. Joe CEO. The St. Joe CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program is designed for high school seniors to immerse themselves in the basics of conceptualizing, starting and running a small business.
The program is open to any St. Joseph County high school senior. Students apply to the program through a written request, letters of recommendation and an entrepreneurial profile. Submissions are reviewed and selected by a board made up of representatives from businesses, community and education. The board looks for students with a good work ethic and students who are trustworthy.
The class is yearlong and meets Monday thru Friday from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at different business throughout the year. The class provides students with four high school credits along with the opportunity to obtain six dual credits through Ivy Tech.
This years class has thirty-four students and some amazing mentors. Mentors for the program come from all different aspects of the business community. The job of the mentor is to immerse the student into real life learning experiences along with the opportunity to take risks. The program asks mentors to meet with the students outside of the classroom and to review their individual business plans. The job of the mentor is to share their time, experience and expertise with these like minded young entrepreneurs.
This program is in year number two here in St. Joseph County and will be around for many years to come. As a community we should all be showing our support for this amazing group of kids because they truly are our future.
To get more information on how to get involved, whether it’s being a mentor or providing a meeting space for this great group please check out their website at www.stjoeceo.org.