LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Entrepreneurship is quickly becoming a major driver of economic and social change, and Wings of Love is now doing its part to ensure the next generation of business leaders fully develop the skills and knowledge necessary to lead socially conscious enterprises. The nonprofit organization has launched a Young Entrepreneurs Under 21 program to help young people realize their life-long potential as business leaders and agents of meaningful social change.
Wings of Love’s position is that youth entrepreneurship will be pivotal in developing sustainable, beneficial solutions to the myriad challenges of today and tomorrow. While enhancing one’s earning potential is certainly a positive mission on its own, Wings of Love has a broader view: By taking risks and seeking out business opportunities, young people can make significant contributions to the health of their communities – both locally, and on a global scale.
The Young Entrepreneurs program is open to people aged 16 to 21. Applicants should submit a business idea that involves information technology and explain how their idea would be a positive force in the community, nation and world. Wings of Love business consultants evaluate each idea, and then connect applicants to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on topics such as entrepreneurship, leadership, financial literacy and other related areas.
Hands-on experience is the cornerstone of the Young Entrepreneurs program. Participants “learn by doing” as they develop a business plan, seek funding sources, manage time and resources, and build a team committed to success. Along the way, Wings of Love consultants offer practical guidance and long-term strategies for growth and empowerment. The program aims to go far in terms of changing the financial and business literacy conversation in the U.S.
Previous research has demonstrated that demand for financial literacy education is strong. According to a 2010 National Endowment for Financial Education survey, 86% of students expressed a desire to learn more about money management in the classroom rather than learning the hard way – by making real-world mistakes. Likewise, in a Charles Schwab Teens and Money survey, nearly 9 out of 10 educators agreed that a financial literacy course and test should be a prerequisite of high school graduation. Wings of Love’s vision with the Young Entrepreneurs program is to meet this demand, while also communicating the important role business enterprises can play in social and economic uplift.
Wings of Love limits annual enrollment in the Young Entrepreneurs program to 100 participants annually, but applications are accepted throughout the year. Eligible applicants can start the process here.
About Wings of Love, Inc.
Established in 1996, Wings of Love is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation on a mission to help create a virtuous circle of social responsibility, wealth, wellness, wisdom and freedom for everybody in the world.