PROGRAM CONTACT: DAWN BOWLUS
John Pappajohn Entreprenurial Center
CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 11, 2002
Registration underway for Youth Entrepreneur
Photo: Youth Entrepreneur Camp students
ask for money to start a mock business during a session last year at Iowa
State Bank and Trust.
Before setting up a lemonade stand or mowing lawns this summer, Eastern Iowa
kids can learn what it's really like to start a business at the University
of Iowa's Youth Entrepreneur Camp.
Registration is now underway for the camp, hosted by the UI's John Pappajohn
Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). It provides a fun, educational experience for
students in the fourth, fifth or sixth grades that want to learn what it's
like to start a business.
The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, July 8 to July 12 at the John
Pappajohn Business Building. The students will learn about entrepreneurship
through classroom and practical experience, identify the basic skills required
of entrepreneurs, learn how to market a product or service, determine profit
potential for a new venture, and end the week with a plan to start their own
"This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to explore entrepreneurship.
The camp is designed to teach youth basic entrepreneurial skills and help
them develop a plan for starting their own business. The students will hear
from successful entrepreneurs and learn how they can turn their ideas into
businesses," said JPEC director David Hensley.
The "user friendly" course materials are designed specifically
for youth and contain eye-catching illustrations, examples to which young
people can relate, and activities to stimulate interest in the various aspects
Registration for the camp will continue through May 17. The cost is $79,
which includes bus transportation for tours to business sites, class materials,
snacks and lunches. Those registering by May 3 will save $10; tuition scholarships
are available for those in need. Bus transportation to and from the camp for
Cedar Rapids students will be provided.
JPEC is also offering an entrepreneurship camp for high school students
from June 23 through June 28. To obtain registration materials or for more
information for the camps, contact Dawn Bowlus at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial
Center at (319) 335-0985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An application can
be downloaded from JPEC website at http://www.iowajpec.org/k-12/grade_school_camp.asp.