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Summer program for teenage entrepreneurs

Academy gets grant to launch summer program for teenage entrepreneurs

WILBRAHAM Wilbraham & Monson Academy is launching a summer program in entrepreneurship, with the support of a planning grant from the Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group. The Global Entrepreneurship Studies Program, which will teach the theory and practice of global business to rising 8th- and 9th graders, will run this summer from July 9-20.

MassMutual concentrates its philanthropic efforts on education with an eye to promoting academic achievement. Grants such as the one to support planning for the Global Entrepreneurship Studies Program and another one made recently to Asnuntuck College in Enfield, Connecticut, to encourage high school students to become involved in manufacturing technology are evidence of their commitment.

The summer program at Wilbraham & Monson is sponsored by the Academy s Center for Entrepreneurial and Global Studies (CEGS), and administered by CEGS Director Melissa Donohue. While the focus of the program is the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, it also features a global component through interactions with international students and an introduction to the principles of the global economy.

"The Global Entrepreneurship Studies Program is an excellent way to introduce younger students to entrepreneurial thinking and global citizenship," said Donohue. "Given the CEGS program and the history of international students at the Academy, we are uniquely suited to introduce these concepts to all age groups."

The summer program will include daily lectures by area entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship professors from around the Pioneer Valley, field trips to local businesses, a variety of hands-on activities, and a final project in which students will develop a business plan for a model new venture. Students will also learn basic principles of global economics and trade.

The program will include students from the Academy and around the region, and will partner with area youth organizations and local schools. The classroom activities will be located in the Academy s Blake Middle School building in Wilbraham.

CEGS is a multidisciplinary academic program that teaches students to be global citizens in the face of increasing globalization, mounting social inequities, and threats to environmental sustainability. The CEGS curriculum includes formal and experiential learning with activities both inside and outside the classroom. The courses encourage entrepreneurial thinking in the areas of business, finance, economics, and social activism.

Online applications for the Global Entrepreneurship Studies Program will be available at after February 1. For more information, please contact Melissa Donohue at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, 423 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA, 01095, telephone 596.6811 or