Preparing youth to succeed in an entrepreneurial economy.
BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The GlassRoots Business & Entrepreneurship program (B&E) is dedicated to nurturing and guiding the entrepreneurial spirit by teaching an academic-year long course on what it takes to create and maintain a business. GlassRoots’ mission is to provide programs that inspire young people to stay in school, to find their passion, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Students come from various backgrounds and schools in the greater Newark area to begin their journey as an entrepreneur.
Over an academic year, participants receive approximately 30 hours of in-class instruction in basic business concepts as well as 40 hours of glassmaking instruction in GlassRoots’ three studios. There is also a service-learning component to the B&E program. Upon completion of the program, participants compete for prizes in the Annual GlassRoots B&E Competition and Trade Fair.
To demonstrate comprehension of basic business skills students present and defend a PowerPoint presentation of their business plan to a panel of judges composed of local business, art and civic leaders. (B&E class only for students in grades 9-12 and is held after school on Wednesdays, 4pm to 6:30pm, per week). Watch a story about the 2015-15 program here.