3 Ways Entrepreneurship Education Can Elevate Economically-Challenged Communities

I have believed for a long time that entrepreneurship education could be used as a strategic empowerment tool to lift up those in poverty-stricken communities. I’m very excited to see social entrepreneurship strategies being used all over the world to elevate people and communities out of their financial and social distress. Unfortunately, I don’t often see the same entrepreneurial energy and intentionality utilized here in the United States to help those who are challenged will lack of access to resources and tools that can help create new avenues of economic opportunity.

Entrepreneurship education is just as valid a poverty-smashing solution in urban communities in the U.S. as they are in slums in India or villages in Africa. Even more, when entrepreneurship education is paired with Biblical principles, you have the makings of people who are not just skilled as businesspeople, they also develop the morals and character to operate a business that’s profitable and positively impacts others.

Here are three practical ways entrepreneurship education can elevate economically-challenged communities:

  1. Sense of Ownership: Embedded within an entrepreneurial mindset is a sense of ownership. Entrepreneurs who operate businesses within a community usually have a heightened desire to take accountability for what happens in that community, because they know they need that community to succeed if their business is going to be sustainable.
  2. Sense of Purpose: Without a revelation of their purpose and significance, people cast off restraint and run wild (Proverbs 29:18 NIV). When people have no sense of purpose, they lose hope and stop caring about themselves and the people around them. Entrepreneurship education helps ignite the purpose in people to pursue something greater than what they may see around them everyday. Entrepreneurship education is an incredible platform to transport people from where they are to their God-ordained destiny.
  3. Creative Energy: People in poverty-stricken areas don’t lack creativity, they are just using their creative abilities far below the purpose for which God created them. Entrepreneurship empowerment can help people use their ingenuity beyond just basic survival or even criminal pursuits. Creative energy that wasn’t being used previously or being used for the wrong things are now channeled in a positive, beneficial direction for themselves and others.

We’re on a mission to stimulate the creation of 1 million jobs. If you want to learn more about how we’re using entrepreneurship education to elevate urban and rural communities, check out The (Un)Employment Alternative. We’re raising money right now to bring entrepreneurship education to Cedartown, GA so we can create jobs, restore hope, and revitalize that community. We need your help. Please partner with us today!

What do you think? How can entrepreneurship education help your city or community?

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

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KBU Partners with Local Community to Launch Innovative Jobs Program

What is The (Un)Employment Alternative?

This is Kingdom Business University’s (KBU) ambitious plan to stimulate the creation of 1 million jobs through faith-based, purpose-centered entrepreneurship education. We are starting in Cedartown, GA. Help us today at www.theunemploymentalternative.com.

The Impact
The vision of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Cedartown, GA – a diverse group including pastors, entrepreneurs, social workers, and city officials – is to use entrepreneurship education as a catalyst to bring social and economic empowerment back to a region that is challenged with crime, unemployment, poverty, and lack of opportunities. They have partnered with Kingdom Business University to provide entrepreneurship classes that will restore hope, launch new businesses, create jobs, and catalyze new opportunities for the unemployed, ex-offenders, and youth who have been unable to find viable work and sustainable income sources.

What We Need & What You Get
Our goal is to raise $2500 on IndieGogo, which will pay for the first 30 participants. The more we raise the more people and can teach. Our desire is to offer this program at a minimal financial cost to the participants, although they will be asked to invest in this opportunity in other ways, such as community service. The amount will go towards:curriculum, facilities, supplies, and other related expenses. Additional funds will also be applied toward establishing a business incubator that will provide on-going support to graduates.

We have some great perks for those who contribute at the $25, $100, and $250 levels. Just look to column on the right side of this page www.theunemploymentalternative.com ▶

Other Ways You Can Help
This project is just the beginning. We aspire to help communities around this country implement their own economic recovery plan. In addition to your donations, help us spread the word. We are more than willing to come to your city, community, or church to talk about this innovative program and how we can create a customized version for your city.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

Redeeming Capitalism

My latest article in Brotha Online Magazine, entitled “Redeeming Capitalism” is now available. Here is an excerpt…

For many people it is easy to blame capitalism for our current economic environment. The truth is capitalism is not evil and it’s not what caused this economic crisis. What caused this financial mess are the people who immorally and unethically used the free enterprise system for their own benefit without regard for who they would get hurt in the process. So don’t blame the system. Blame those who hijacked the system for their own devious pleasures.

Admittedly, capitalism is not a perfect economic system. However, even with all of its flaws, this competitive market system provides many benefits to those in our society. It creates an environment for innovation, productivity, creative expression, price/cost competition, collaborative solutions, and resource multiplication and distribution.

Unfortunately, like with most things in our society, people have taken something that can be used for good and used it for their own selfish vices. Misuse and abuse driven by greed has turned what should be used for constructive purposes into something destructive.

Moderation is something humans don’t do well without divine intervention. Over-indulgence is something we more easily gravitate towards. Fortunately there is hope for us. I believe capitalism can be redeemed by those with a Biblical worldview and a willingness to do business God’s way.

Click here to read the entire article

Thrive on purpose!
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Fulfill your purpose in the marketplace!

Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Youth in Revolt

When people are disrespected, disregarded, or dismissed for a long period of time, they eventually will do desperate things. I believe this is even more true with youth and young adults. In addition to the unrest currently happening in Egypt, over the past 18 months we have seen riots – often led by young and very passionate leaders – break out  in Tunisia, Iran, France, and other places.

I know there are a multitude of complicated factors that come into play with each of these countries. However one common thread in all of them is a sense of economic desperation. The opportunity to work gives young (and old) people a sense of dignity and the possibility of upward mobility. Without those opportunities the walls of poverty and despair seem close in and suffocate the hope out of people. Where there is no vision – hope for the future – people die from the inside out. Furthermore, youthful passion that is not channeled in a purposeful and positive direction will turn dangerous.

How does this relate to the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 51.1% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 years old were unemployed in July 2010. This marks the first time since 1948, when the government first started collecting this data, that less than half of all U.S. youth were employed in July. And this is not just an American problem. Check this out from the Wall Street Journal (April 14, 2010):

But rising youth unemployment is not just an American problem, points out  a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Across the 30 OECD countries, there are nearly 15 million unemployed workers aged 15-24 — four million more than at the end of 2007. In France and Italy, one in four young workers are unemployed; in Spain, 40% are jobless.

Youth unemployment is a global powderkeg that is just waiting for the right spark to turn a bad situation even worse, which we can see happening in Tunisia, Egypt, and other places around the world. The approaches world governments use to create jobs apparently are not working. I believe we need a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship in the U.S. and throughout the world. More focus, money, and education needs to be invested in entrepreneurship-based programs for younger and older unemployed workers.

We can no longer downplay the major roadblocks to success that the youth of this generation face today. Otherwise, the images that we see coming out of Egypt this week could be replayed in other countries around the world, and maybe even the United States.

What are some things you think could be done to alleviate youth unemployment?

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Fulfill your purpose in 3D!

Are you aware that up to 97% of Christians surveyed disclose that they don’t hear sermons or messages that specifically connect their work life to their spiritual life? Are you one of them? If so, Dream B.I.G. in 3D will be the missing link for you to activate your gifts, find your niche, and fulfill God’s calling for you in the workplace.

This highly regarded book is a powerful tool to help you align your purpose, passions and professional skills. Learn more at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

The Only Place In the World That Has Never Had A Recession

And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” ~ Isaiah 58:11

If you’re an entrepreneur who is searching for resources, relationships, or revenues to grow your business, there’s some great news for you… the Kingdom of God is the only place on earth that has never experienced a recession! God’s supply of blessings has never run dry and is not subject to the laws and constraints of the economic turbulence that has gripped this world.

This is not just a spiritual message. It’s also a practical reminder. The All-Knowing Creator of the Universe is able to dispense witty ideas and inventions to you that can produce revenues in any type of economy (Proverbs 8:12, Isaiah 48:17). So don’t allow the economic recession to also cause a faith recession in your mind.

In fact I believe this environment is perfect for God to demonstrate His incredible power and love by partnering with your faith to do something extraordinary and spectacular through your business. You thriving while others are barely surviving is a great testimony to unbelievers about the power of God.

Keep your focus on Him and He will teach your how to prosper know matter what is happening with others.

Live Passionately!

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D! Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.

Skip the Recession! Free eBook

Recently I had a great opportunity to contribute an article to an incredible project that provides practical tips, powerful strategies, and motivational messages to help people stimulate their personal economy. This powerful information is included in the free eBook by Danek Stephen Kaus, “No Thanks, I’ll Skip the Recession,” with articles from Mark Victor Hansen, Brian Tracy, Tom Hopkins, and many more great thinkers, entrepreneurs, and motivators.

My article is entitled “re:Position Your Perspective“, which motivates and challenges people to become more entrepreneurial due to the current state of the job market. It’s right in line with what I write about concerning creating your personal enterprise.

Click here to get your free copy. Enjoy!

Let me know what you think of the article and the eBook overall.

Thrive on Purpose,

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Develop the entrepreneurial skills you need to thrive in the entrepreneurial economy at 3hrive 3.0 Workshop on May 22, 2010.

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