Student Entrepreneurship Program: Hands-On, Real World Business Experience
Our student entrepreneurship program provides teens and young adults with business skills to succeed while embedding the concepts of empathy, teamwork, leadership, and social impact. The core components of our curriculum are outlined below.
Education beyond the classroom
During the school year, aspiring high school students gather weekly to not only learn about running a business, but also gain hands-on learning through the operations of Taste of Immokalee. Based on performance, these students have the opportunity to advance into paid internship and leadership positions in the company.
Students gain vital skills for presenting and promoting the Taste of Immokalee brand within the classroom and beyond. Our students have delivered compelling presentations to venture capitalists, Board of Commissioners, media outlets and many more.
Students learn the importance of building positive, impactful relationships with multiple entities, collaborating with government and nonprofit agencies around the common goal of social change.
Taste of Immokalee participants learn first-hand that successful businesses require strong relationship with many partners. Students gain valuable experience helping to grow our business through our partner network including manufacturing, packaging, distribution and promotions.
Business Skills Through Mentorships
Students interact and learn from business professionals who share knowledge and advice based on their own experience. Training is provided in finance and accounting, operations, sales and marketing, and product development.
Accomplishments to Date
- 1by1 Leadership Foundation received a Grant from State Farm to initiate the program. 17 high school students started the program.
- In partnership with 1by1 Leadership Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarships to students in the program for 2014-2015 school year
- Provided 4 students with summer internships in the company9 college
- students were involved in the program
- 7 high school students were involved in the program
- $18,000 in sales of products
- Products in Wynn’s Market, Oaks, Market, Neighborhood Organic, Immokalee Winn Dixie, Immokalee and Marco Airport, Collier County Schools and other local stores
- In partnership with 1by1 Leadership Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarships to students in the program for 2015-2016 school year
- Provided 8 students with summer internships in the company
- 11 college students were involved in the program
- 16 high school students were involved in the program
- $45,000 in sales of products
- Products in Collier County Publix stores
- Potential partnership with Collier County Public Schools