Educational Resources to Develop Entrepreneurial Children

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Educational Resources to Develop Entrepreneurial Children

Two resources for entrepreneurial children include Biz Kid$ and Kidpreneurs and two resources to develop leaders and problem solvers with a social conscious are UNICEF Kid Power and Learning to Give. Details for these resources are below.

Resources for Entrepreneurial Children

Biz Kid$

  • Biz Kid$ is a resource that provides a television show and business tools to teach kids business and money skills.
  • Sponsored by American Public Television, WXXI, America's Credit Unions, and The National Credit Union Foundation, Biz Kid$ offers videos on topics like "How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000," "My First Credit Card," "The Road to Financial Freedom," "The Value of Money," and more. Kids can either watch short clips of each episode or stream full episodes through the website.
  • Additionally, kids can download a sample business plan, profiles of young entrepreneurs, tips on sales pitches, profit worksheets, and marketing guides.
  • There is also the Parents' Money Talk Blog to help parents teach their kids financial skills, games for kids to play (such as the Piggy Bank Hunt, Cash Crunch, Lemonade Stand, and Break the Bank), and a financial literacy course that can be completed online.
  • Lesson plans are also available for teachers to help integrate financial literacy in the classroom.

Kidpreneurs

  • "Kidpreneurs — Young Entrepreneurs with Big Ideas" is a book by Matthew Toren and Adam Toren that teaches children the " basic principles of sound money management" and the "infinite rewards of entrepreneurship."
  • Chapters in the book include "What do You Want to be When You Grow Up?," "How Grown-Ups Earn Money," "Are You an Entrepreneur?," "Sample Businesses You Can Create," "Money on the Internet," "Green Business and Ethics," "Networking," "Giving Back," and more.
  • The book is aimed at kids of all ages and older teens who "thought this book may have been written for a younger audience," have found that it is a great way to get started on their first business venture.
  • Not only are parents using the book to fuel their children's imaginations as to what is possible, but teachers are also incorporating it into their lesson plans.
  • The website for the book also features a blog that covers topics such as "How to Pitch an Idea for a Kidpreneur Business," "Why Young Entrepreneurs are the Next Big Thing," "How to Empower Your Kids to Be Amazing Entrepreneurs," "Three Great Financial Lessons for Kidpreneurs," and more.

Resources to Develop Leaders and Problem Solvers with a Social Conscious

UNICEF Kid Power

  • UNICEF Kid Power is a "program of UNICEF USA that gives kids the power to save lives by connecting their everyday activity to real-world impact."
  • The UNICEF Kid Power program provides tools and resources for teachers and families to help children become leaders in their communities and use their influence to help make a difference in the world.
  • For teachers, there are two tools:
    • Streaming-For-Good allows teachers to choose from "nearly 100 videos, from dance and yoga to lessons that integrate social-emotional learning."
    • Currency-For-Good allows teachers to reward kids with Kid Power Coins that can be redeemed for causes in their communities like supporting food banks, planting trees, or delivering health supplies.
  • For families, the UNICEF Kid Power program offers the Kid Power Band and app, which allows families to "go on a fun and educational journey. Kids will learn about other cultures and places around the world, while every step they take converts to lifesaving therapeutic food for kids in need."
  • As children earn points by tracking their steps and moving through missions that teach them about the "lives of children around the world," they can "unlock lifesaving therapeutic food" that UNICEF then gives to children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
  • Currently, the UNICEF Kid Power program has delivered 11 million lifesaving therapeutic food packets to children in need.
  • Among the resources posted on the website is a list of leadership activities for kids to help them learn leadership skills from a young age.

Learning to Give

  • Learning to Give provides K-12 teachers with written lessons to "educate, equip, and empower their students to be giving and caring citizens."
  • Through this program, students learn about "philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good."
  • They become equipped with philanthropic skills and attitudes, and they are empowered to "take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities."
  • Teaching resources are free and include lessons on "generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility." There is also a section for current event lesson plans, a toolkit to help build knowledge, community connections, and empathy in students, youth activities that focus on "civic responsibility, problem-solving, board service, philanthropy, leadership, and grant-making," and regional lesson plans.
  • A full after-school program can be implemented using the site's free "step-by-step mini-courses for teaching generosity and building community connections."
  • Teachers can also take advantage of free professional development resources on topics such as "Understanding Philanthropy," "Service-Learning Practice and Projects," and "Using Website Resources," among others.
  • Additionally, The Learning to Give Youth Leadership Program targets kids in grades six through 12 and focuses "youth energies on positive activities, leading to increased self-efficacy and the development of skills relevant to success in adulthood and the workplace such as decision-making and working well with others."
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