Mission The Program’s mission is to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit in our communities by providing programs that encourage youth to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Program Scope A unique approach in the design and implementation of a program which combines practical exposure and training in the various elements of entrepreneurship with hands-on, active mentorship from vested business and community stakeholders. Introduction There is no better way to achieve the dream of business ownership than by researching and writing a business plan. Writing a business plan teaches strategic thinking skills, which has important implications for virtually every aspect of life, including personal and family relationships, career planning, financial decisions and community involvement. Introduction Continued The Program offers a practical, hands-on approach to preparing a business plan. Participants learn from experienced instructors, expert guest speakers, and finance, marketing, and banking professionals. They also learn by working collaboratively and sharing ideas with other participants. Game Changer presents the perfect opportunity for innovative young students in Atlanta to learn, network, and compete in a business plan competition for scholarships. Participant Eligibility • 10th - 12th grade student, in good standing, enrolled in a high school in the metro-Atlanta • Students who have shown leadership or possess leadership qualities • Must be nominated by the principal, guidance counselor, or teacher at their school The Participants & The Program Herndon “Game Changers” are selected based on the following: 1) 10th, 11th or 12th grader who attends a metro-Atlanta high school; 2) submit an essay on the topic of “How the life of Alonzo F. Herndon serves as an influence for modern-day entrepreneurs”; 3) and a follow up interview Game Changers enroll in the nine-month program which includes Saturday Entrepreneur Enrichment Seminars Game Changers work in PODS (of 3-5 students) to develop business plans unique to their own goals and objectives and use this plan as the foundation for future success The Alonzo F. Herndon Fellowships (Post-Secondary Scholarships) will be awarded to the Game Changer Team with the business plan judged best The Game Changer Program culminates with a graduation ceremony and the Game Changer Business Excursion to the “Financial Capital” of the World, New York City Curriculum The curriculum for the program is derived from the nationally acclaimed teaching module NxLeveL® for Youth Entrepreneurs. NxLeveL conceived and designed this course with enterprising youth in mind. The text complements classwork, and serve as a reference book as young entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. This 11-chapter curriculum can be presented in 13 modules, or in a traditional classroom, after school or camp setting. The Entrepreneur Enrichment Seminars One Saturday per month the program will include enrichment seminars that will focus on a specific aspect of entrepreneurism (e.g., marketing analysis, capital, product development, business planning, etc.) Business leaders and Game Changers have the opportunity for direct Interchange Approach Our approach is grounded in a five-point strategy that includes utilizing proven pedagogical techniques to successfully impart knowledge in the following areas; Business Plan Development Business Plan Competition Networking Leadership Training Mentoring Learning Environment Students experience cooperative, engaged and problembased learning in an environment which fosters cohesiveness along with: A positive atmosphere A view of our global world Fair, level playing field Access to a caring individuals Computer/technology support Empowerment Respect Measurement & Assessment The program will implement various research-based measurement and assessment tools inclusive of but not limited to the following: Pre Assessment (PRA) Learning Style Assessment (LSA) Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment (ESA) Curriculum Based (CBA) Peer Project Assessment (PPA) Post Assessment (POA) Participant Program Outcomes Improved academic performance Increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities Improved interpersonal and communication skills Job readiness skills Enhanced social psychological development Perceived improved health status Program Benefits for Funders Further the impact of entrepreneurship among the next generation Co-create entrepreneurship opportunities as a viable career option Introduce youth to brand through entrepreneurship Create a lasting legacy of an entrepreneurial culture by helping today’s youth understand they have an option to shape their own future Our Team Our team- is comprised of a dedicated group of professional entrepreneurs, marketers, trainers and professionals with global expertise in business education and development. Volunteers - giving students the opportunity to hear from and interact with real-world entrepreneurs and business leaders is essential to the Game Changer experience. Classes will have guest speakers regularly. Students will also be paired with business coaches to assist them in developing their business plans.