This summer you may have let your teens enjoy relaxing on your couch and playing on Twitter all day, but next summer, think about enrolling your teen in a summer camp that they can really benefit from. As the IT field continues to grow and develop, programs across the nation are springing up to ensure the next generation is ready to participate and make positive impacts on their communities through technology. Inc.com details that these teen entrepreneurship camps are gaining ground nationwide.
In Philadelphia, the TechGirls summer camp starts up this Monday in collaboration with DreamIt Ventures and StartUp Corps. The program aims to get more young girls interested in technology and start-ups. It provides girls from sixth through eighth grades hands on tech experience and the opportunity to develop business ideas with the help of mentorship from local entrepreneurs and developers.
Although this camp is only for young girls, StartUp Corps has its own young entrepreneurship in Philadelphia. In collaboration with various high schools and youth program in the area, it provides continuous mentorship for high school students. 150 students are involved in its programs. They meet a couple times a week to report on their start-up class and learn from mentors. According to the organization the program works; many of its young students launch non-profit and for-profit ventures that serve their communities.
In Los Angeles, Urban Teens Exploring Technology (UrbanTxT) is working to bring high school boys into technology fields and help them learn how to assist their communities. The program was started by Oscar Manjivar, a Watts native who targets participants from inner-city areas such as South Los Angeles and his own neighborhood.
“We found that lots of students that we talked to did not [know] what a website was, had never seen how to make a website, but they were brave enough to try,” Menjivar said in a 2008 interview at UrbanTxT’s launch. Through participation in the program, the high school boys learn project management skills and how to use Web 2.0 tools.