Program supports future business leaders

NANAIMO – Credit union marks 10 years sponsoring PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs.

For Coastal Community Credit Union, this spring marks an important milestone of 10 successful years sponsoring PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs in Vancouver Island communities.

This educational program challenges youth in Grades 4-8 to start up and run their own business ventures.

Participating students design business plans, products and marketing materials and commit to donating a portion of their profits to charity. They realize that with persistence and planning they are capable of carrying out a large project. They also learn about math, language arts, fine arts and technology in ways that are fun and relevant.

Natascha Proctor’s class at Hammond Bay Elementary School incorporated the program into their social studies unit on democratic processes, nominating different charities to support and selecting the final four through a vote.

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