Local CEO applauds teachers and the youth entrepreneur program

Power Play Young Entrepreneurs is a highly engaging program aimed at children in grades 4-8. Students have fun discovering their passions and talents while designing and putting a business plan to the test. They make real products, make real money, and in this case donated a portion of the profits back to the West Central Crisis Center.

Vickie Newmeyer is CEO of Community Futures Meridian in Kindersley. She helped out at Power Play at Elizabeth Middle School. “It’s just phenomenal,” says Newmeyer. “The results of this project have been just wonderful for training and teaching entrepreneurship to young people.”

“The creativity, the innovation, the unique ideas. They used things they were really passionate about, and that’s critical to entrepreneurship. They did what they loved.”

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Power Play is a national organization founded in BC in 1999. It provides schools and teachers with resource materials and videos to provide an authentic learning experience. The students develop their own business plan, conduct market research and present a product at a young entrepreneurs’ fair.

As a person who has been involved with start-ups for a long time, Newmeyer was impressed. “The entire program is just brilliantly designed to create a community spirit and when you give back, everyone wins.” She added, “Community Futures Meridian has been running initiatives like this for years. These children were so lovely. They shared all profits and donated money to the West Central Crisis Center.”

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The Sunwest School Division schools involved were Harris-Tessier, Rosetown, D’arcy, Cherry Grove Colony, Smiley Colony, Elrose, Eatonia and Elizabeth Middle School (EMS). Newmeyer mentioned the efforts of EMS teachers Kristen Elder and Teagan Reyes. “The teachers were absolutely wonderful. They had the spirit of entrepreneurship themselves. They shopped and didn’t interfere. They have allowed creativity, innovation and strategy.”

“I believe that entrepreneurship is a skill that should be taught and encouraged with all youth. Entrepreneurs traditionally solve problems or create opportunities.”

Elder and Reyes mentioned in an online video that children worked on these projects at home because they loved them. Newmeyer also thought life lessons could be learned through power play. “They understand risks and rewards, creating a business plan and cash flow. Every single one of those skills flows into their personal lives, whether they ever open a business or not.”

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Vickie Newmeyer’s final statement came after we asked her how youth entrepreneurship could help the two main industries in our region: Agriculture & Oil & Gas. “The future is exciting and I think we can support a truly healthy entrepreneurial spirit for many years to come.”

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