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Glen commented on Academy for Young Entrepreneurs (AYE)

Some very good questions!
We also have looked at these questions and identified some strategies and solutions. We have also applied them to wider groups than simply refugees. We are working with groups and organisations that are specifically working within refugee camps, and using the AYE model program to empower these children.
Potentially, there are some restrictions to the rights of these refugee children (and other minority groups), however some of those restrictions are possibly self-imposed by family and individuals. The beauty of the young entrepreneurs is that they work on their own mindsets. The young entrepreneurs look for solutions in their problems - so they dont see lack of rights, rather they look for the opportunities that are available to them in the environment that they find themselves within. We have found that all young entrepreneurs - regardless of holding the status of refugee or a minority group, or a label like poor or having a disability - do not see these as reduced rights compared to others. They simply see the situation they are in and look for solutions whilst working within that situation without letting it box them.
Personally, this is why I love working with young entrepreneurs - they are not restricted by barriers that I as an adult sometimes see, they simply see the "barrier" as another facet to the problem that they are going to solve!


Glen commented on Academy for Young Entrepreneurs (AYE)

Keiko, thank you for your interest. Yes, we have worked hard at ensuring learning and educational techniques are utilised to enable our young entrepreneurs to understand and apply the concepts of business and entrepreneurship!
The businesses that our young entrepreneurs have set up are quite wide and varied. It usually depends on their experience and background, and what they see in their environment around them. It is also very interesting to understand the problems that they see and the solutions that they come up with. These solutions usually generate businesses around food (always a favourite!), events planning, IT software and drawings, music/ soundtrack development, toy building service, the list goes on....
Hope this helps!