Ice House Program Teaches Teen Entrepreneurial Mindset
"Bringing Ice House to students across all disciplines is perhaps the most needed approach for getting the U.S. economy and the developing world on track by fostering bottom-up solutions that empower people to take charge of their lives and boost their local economies.” -Steven Van Yoder, entrepreneur and author, Get Slightly Famous
In this segment of Top of Mind, I talk with 17-year-old Jairo Fernandez, a student from Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City. Fernandez recently attended the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which is especially designed to develop critical thinking skills that will enable participants to identify and evaluate opportunities, manage risks, and learn from the results.
Knowing nothing at all about entrepreneurship, Fernandez explained how he was encouraged to enter the Ice House Program and how, after a short time, it changed his outlook on life. He explains how the program sessions inspired him to chase his idea of what it would take to build an indoor soccer complex. He even created a business plan for the non-profit community project that would target kids and sports enthusiasts. The business plan won him first place in a high school competition at Bishop Ward, and leaves him now to prepare for a regional competition.
Hear Fernandez's story about his journey toward adopting an entrepreneurial mindset, and how looking to create value for others has created an even greater purpose in his life.