Two members of the IWI leadership team, Makaya McKnight, Chief Operating Officer, and Carrie Tam, Chief Program Officer attended the Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator’s Training, in Kansas City, MO, November 12-15, 2012. The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is a collaboration between The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, Clifton Taulbert’s Building Community Institute, and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The workshop, hosted at the Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, provided practical information and techniques for delivering curriculum designed to foster an entrepreneurial mindset. Nineteen participants from across the country, including two delegates from the Ministry of Education in Columbia, were present at the training.
Carrie Tam reports that, “The curriculum utilizes a blended classroom delivery, allowing for versatility depending on the demographic of student we are serving–opportunity youth, older workers, highly skilled under-employed workers and unemployed. The options are limitless.”
The goal of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is cultivating inspiration in participants and engaging them in the entrepreneurial mindset for envisioning opportunities. The workshop focused on hands-on training in many areas including, community engagement, methods of delivery, peer-to-peer learning and self-directed problem based learning.
“The benefit of the Ice House Entrepreneurship curriculum is that it is not the average business school entrepreneurship course. The introduction of the entrepreneurial mindset, combined with the Eight Life Lessons is both an inspiring way to engage students and create positive learning outcomes.” stated Makaya McKnight.
IWI is committed to helping individuals achieve their educational, employment, and entrepreneurial goals through the design and implementation of innovative programming that is responsive to ever changing community needs. As a private nonprofit organization established in 1985 whose mission is to improve the communities’ quality of life through education, employment, and advocacy, IWI provides an array of programs and services to the local community through several projects. IWI is the one-stop operator for FloridaWorks, operates the Melrose Senior Community Center and Project ReStart, as well as, the Project YouthBuild AmeriCorps Program.
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