The Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne & Laramie County Community College held its first Youth Entrepreneurship Camp this week.
Determined to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in Cheyenne’s youth, the camp exposed participants ages 10-18 to critical business skills, including cost-benefit analysis, supply and demand, and identifying fixed versus variable costs. Through a series of team activities, the participants learned to improve customer service skills and were taught “the customer is not always right, but the customer must be served,” which was the camp organizer, Craig Schroeder’s, big takeaway. On the second day of the camp, the youth pitched their own business venture to their peers.
Riley-Jayne Anderson, Junior State Youth of the Year, stated the camp was “a great experience to gain business skills […] and to learn about customer service and communication abilities” by working as part of a team to develop a business venture.
The camp encouraged Aaron Jones-Williams, a Boys and Girls Club member, to “gain confidence in his abilities” and gave him the tools to follow his “dream of starting a business”.
The camp was June 18-19th and featured guest speaker, Jon Jelinek, co-owner of the Paramount Cafe and two Plato’s Closet stores in Cheyenne and Fort Collins, who addressed the importance of work ethic, willingness to learn, and integrity in entrepreneurship. He emphasized the importance of “being ready to jump on an opportunity” in this line of work.