2017 Youth Summer Entrepreneurship Camps


2016 Summer CampsThe Business Is Jammin’ program focuses on introducing youth (ages 8-15) to entrepreneurship as an alternate career choice, while stressing the importance of education and personal development, in a fun and energetic environment. These weeklong, fun-filled, interactive business camps take young people through the different stages of starting and running a business. During this summer camp, our Youth Coordinators will be delivering several entrepreneurship workshops to youth, exploring the characteristics of an entrepreneur, techniques for idea generation and engaging creative thinking exercises.

The activities are interactive and help to develop academic essential skills like math as well as learning about personal entrepreneurial traits. As the camp week comes to an end, the Youth run their own Business for a Day. This is a valuable learning experience that will foster the development of the attitudes, skills and characteristics needed in an entrepreneurial culture.

Camps Available / Location*:
Locations TBA

Ages: 8 – 15
Time: 9am – 4pm, Mon – Fri
Registration Deadline: One week prior to each camp.

*Dates & locations may be subject to change

Role Models on the Road

Business Is Jammin’ (BIJ) this past year has had a major focus on engaging youth in the rural areas. BIJ’s outreach emphasis and objectives are to encourage youth to stay in school, the importance of education and to introduce them to entrepreneurship as a viable alternative career choice. Through one of our programs Role Models on the Road, the BIJ team has engaged youth in a number of schools.

Role Models on the Road is an hour long panel where African Nova Scotia entrepreneurs speak to youth in schools, community groups, and other youth centered programs. This program promotes awareness about entrepreneurship, as we stress the importance of education. Each panelist volunteers their time speaking to youth about their career path, what their work entails, and to offer some words of advice and guidance about the importance of staying in school, setting goals and entrepreneurship.

Business On a Bus

Business Is Jammin’ in partnership with United Way Halifax has organized and running a program titled Business on the Bus “BOB” aimed at identifying rising stars—youth aged 18-35 who are keen individuals interested and passionate about community development—who want to help overcome current obstacles facing our communities.

Business on the Bus is an igniter program aimed at helping youth start social enterprises in their communities. It is designed to bring youth from various communities together to collaborate, create social enterprises, and resolve common issues affecting their neighbourhoods.

The program will bring several targeted neighbourhoods together to work toward one common goal from which each of the communities will benefit. The objective of Business on the Bus will be to create, promote and nurture innovative ideas which will lead to “neighbourhoods that are safe, resilient, caring and hospitable places to live,” and ultimately to the development of a social enterprise.

B.O.B will potentially bring together rising stars and community members to create, develop and ultimately launch business ideas and social innovations.

For more information, please contact Paul Rukidi @ paul.rukidi@bbi.ns.ca and via phone @ 902-476-9764

Vibe Arts Youth Program

BIJ’ African Nova Scotian Affairs, and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage are very excited to introduce a promising program for youth called Vibe Arts Youth.

Vibe Arts Youth is an Art-based program for youth to develop art-based skills, learn about their culture and explore interests they may not have previously considered.

In Summer/Fall (Vibe Arts Week) youth will be given the opportunity to showcase their work at an art exhibit/show. During this program, we plan to expose them to professional performances and art exhibitions, educational offerings and artist mentorship.

Please contact BIJ for more information!!

Our mission for this program is to provide opportunities for youth in the community to explore various forms of art and provide guidance that could potentially lead to a promising art career while ensuring our cultural aspect is not forgotten by;
1. Engaging the youth in African Nova Scotian Culture through art.
2. Getting the youth to foster and acknowledge African Nova Scotian History of migration.
3. Promoting awareness and applied skills to encourage more black owned businesses and business sense.
4. And so that the youth can gauge themselves within various Art Industries.

The four aspects of art include:

Fashion 101: Co-advisors Nicole Johnson, Sarom Curtis
Saturday April 23 @ Fabriville 10am-2pm (FULL)

Vocal Performance: Co-advisors Delvina Bernard, Kim Bernard
Saturday May 7 @ North Preston Rec Centre 10am-1pm (Space Available)

Film & Theatre: Tara Taylor
Monday May 16 @ New Beginnings Ministries 6:30pm-8:30pm (Space Available)

Drawing & Painting: TBA

CBDC – Youth Internship Project

The Youth Internship Project will focus on introducing entrepreneurship to youth in high school. The Youth Coordinator (YC) will identify 5 high schools with large populations of African NS learners (ANS) to engage a minimum of 10 ANS learners (and up to 5 other students) per school to participate in the Student In Business program focused on helping them plan for, finance and run a summer business in 2016.

The Students In Business (SIB) program is a government sponsored interest-free loan program for students between the ages of 15 and 35 in Nova Scotia. Eligible students will have access to sources of start-up information and advice, as well as mentoring by interested, experienced entrepreneurs. The SIB program can provide up to $5,000 interest free, per business, which must be repaid based on terms negotiated with the Delivery Agent.

With our Role Models on the Road program we have reached about 144 African-Nova Scotian students in ten schools within metro, Digby, and New Glasgow. Please stay tuned to what we have in store a head. Summer is an exciting time for our youth; with this program it will be highly beneficial for young black future entrepreneurs.

Please visit the Students In Business website at http://www.studentsinbusiness.ca