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Young Cagueños create their own businesses

In the most recent edition of the Youth Business Start-Up program in Caguas, “61 businesses were created and essential skills were put into practice, such as the exercise of leadership and teamwork,” Caguas Mayor William E. Miranda Torres said.

By The Star Staff

The Autonomous Municipality of Caguas’ Youth Business Start-Up program, an effort that integrates business education into the school curriculum, ended its eighth edition with its Grand Expo with 61 businesses created and 305 children and young participants between the ages of 11 and 18, from 11 public schools in the city.

“Whether it’s starting a business or aspiring to a position, the important thing is that our young people visualize themselves as successful people in the process of building their dreams and goals,” Caguas Mayor William E. Miranda Torres said. “Youth entrepreneurship education, such as the one this group received, is a very important factor for the economic development of Puerto Rico.”

“In this edition alone, 61 businesses were created and essential skills were put into practice, such as the exercise of leadership and teamwork,” the mayor added. “This activity is an example of how we integrate different sectors of the city, in this case the business sector, to continue supporting the initiatives that make us an Education City.”

Throughout the semester, the Youth Business Start-Up program offers workshops to teachers and students aimed at developing the necessary academic skills and abilities in the area of business. Participating students belong to the 6th, 9th and 12th grades of 11 public schools in Caguas: Antonio Domínguez Nieves, Antonio S. Pedreira, Diego Vázquez, Eloísa Pascual, Gerardo Sellés Solá, Luis Ramos González, Manuela Toro, Nicolás Aguayo Aldea, Nuestra Escuela, República de Costa Rica (Superior Vocational) and Second Unit Sandalio Marcano.

The youth entrepreneurship program begins with a workshop for teachers on business education and educational strategies for the development of entrepreneurial projects. From there, educators move on to teach students the principles of entrepreneurship and other important skills. The students, meanwhile, select their work teams, identify business ideas, work on the development of the product or service and are exposed to the sale of it.

In addition, children and young people participate in a series of activities, such as a meeting with entrepreneurs, workshops on the importance of required permits and competition between companies. The most outstanding teams went on to a final competition to motivate creativity and the use of learned skills.

The closing activity is an expo-type event in which students exhibit their company and in which prizes are awarded to the winning schools in the final competition.

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