Area teens compete for ‘Idea’ scholarships

 
At the recent “Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge” press conference, the Sweet 16 students participating in this year’s challenge sponsored by Junior Achievement and the Brees Dream Foundation were named.

Thirty-one student teams with crazy ideas and business plans comprise this year’s Sweet 16. These students will work with Junior Achievement and its entrepreneurship curriculum to refine their business plan and compete for a $10,000 scholarship for themselves and $5,000 for their school.

The winner will be announced March 21 during the Youth Entrepreneurship Day during the seventh annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW).

Students from St. Mary’s Dominican, St. Augustine High School, Mount Carmel Academy, the International High School of New Orleans, Lake Area Early College Prep, Isidore Newman and Lusher Charter School were named finalists.

The competition is called “Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge, Inspiring the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs Sweet 16.” It is sponsored by Junior Achievement, the Brees Dream Foundation and the Idea Village.

Junior Achievement has partnered with the Brees Dream Foundation to hold this challenge for eighth through 12th graders.

This year’s competition combines JA’s 2013 Junior Idea Challenge that inspired teens to create their own business idea while teaching them to make it work with training from Junior Achievement’s Be Entrepreneurial curriculum and the Brees Foundation’s Trust Your Crazy Ideas, said JA’s Julie Hanks.

This year’s youth event will culminate March 21 at Youth Entrepreneurship Day during the seventh annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), produced by the Idea Village, when high school teams will make their business plan pitches. The winning team earns a $10,000 continuing education fund, and their school wins $5,000, courtesy of the Brees Foundation.

Student participants will take a Junior Achievement entrepreneurship curriculum led by teachers and business volunteers, including completion of a business plan on Wednesdays slated to start Jan. 14.

For details, visit www.trustyourcrazyideaschallenge.org or call Junior Achievement at 569-8655. 

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