Question of the Day: What percent of high school students want to start their own business?
- Do you want to start your own business? Why or why not?
- Do you have any friends who have already started a business? Explain.
- Do you think entrepreneurship ("starting a business") is something that you are born with or can be taught?
Behind the numbers (Wall Street Journal)
A 2014 study from the consultancy Sparks & Honey found 72% of high-school students wanted to start a business and nearly a third of those age 16 to 19 volunteered their time.
Give your students a taste of the entrepreneurial struggle with this NGPF Activity, Create A Business Idea.
About the Author
Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.
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