The Project 16
mission is to equip and inspire youth ages 10-16 to realize the broad spectrum of educational paths and career options available to them beyond what they may see in their immediate surroundings. Through our programs and community partnerships, we seek to offer up close access, eye-opening experiences and educational tools to help children and teens aspire higher than their circumstances, and to dream big.
The addition of our Early Entrepreneurs program for children and teens aims to teach leadership, how to set financial goals and manage budgets, basic marketing and advertising tasks and how to follow standard business operating procedures. These key objectives also help to establish not only entrepreneurial principles, but a working knowledge of how businesses operate in general. Equipping young people with critical thinking skills by allowing children to put those skills into practice through semester-long ‘business launch’ projects helps to instill confidence and creativity in leadership and problem-solving and opens their eyes to the endless opportunities available to them as business owners.