“Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” Confucius
Sustainable economic growth depends on social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs create new jobs, contribute to economic growth and become the bearers of the development of a healthy business environment. Civil society organizations (further on in the text: CSO), together with the Chamber of commerce and government institutions, play an important role in the development of social entrepreneurship and the promotion of entrepreneurial spirit. CSOs are positioned between the government that strives to establish economic growth and the private sector that strives to develop a new generation of workers. As the voice of the young, we advocate policies, create and implement educational entrepreneurial programs, and initiate campaigns to promote the value of entrepreneurship. Our responsibility is to teach young people how to create jobs, rather than how to get them.
Our programs focus on the following areas:
Informing – is a set of activities aimed at familiarizing young people with the opportunities available to them when it comes to education, training and starting their own business. Access to information is crucial for the development of youth entrepreneurship.
Education – getting a job is usually impossible without the proper education. Educational programs can give young people the basics, or the skills they will use when starting a business or looking for a job. Programs based on learning by experience are particularly important for the developing of youth entrepreneurship. Acquiring knowledge about legal regulations, managing finances and making a business plan is crucial to starting your own business, on the other hand, we are witnessing that these skills are not part of the traditional curriculum. Education helps young people to make their dreams come true. It is inspiring them, giving them the necessary confidence to innovate, take the risk, and see themselves as future entrepreneurs.
Professional practices – educational programs can only have effects if young people have the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge. Professional practices, competitions in creating business plans, etc. help young people understand what is needed to make them one-day successful entrepreneurs. Professional practices introduce young people to the office environment, obligations and expectations. They also bring young people into direct contact with employees and future mentors.
Mentorship – a key for the evolvent of new entrepreneurs. Mentors help young people achieve their full potential, through support, sharing knowledge and contacts. They provide everything from advice from their practical experience, to giving feedback and guidance to young people.
Networking – Building business relationships is crucial for individuals in any field, but it is especially important for entrepreneurs. Business connections create opportunities for the exchange of ideas, innovation, and growth. Networking helps young entrepreneurs stay connected, motivated and to continue with their evolvent and the development of ideas and businesses.