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ERIC Number: ED369597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Intergenerational Entrepreneurship in an Educational Setting.
Owen, Melissa; Wright, Paul
Howe-To Industries is an intergenerational entrepreneurship project at the John de la Howe School, a state-supported institution for at-risk youth in rural McCormick County, South Carolina. Expansion of this type of program into public schools could engage the community and school system in a mutually beneficial relationship. John de la Howe School is a long-term residential treatment facility for male and female adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. Although one of the poorest counties in the state, McCormick County has a substantial community of retired, white, affluent newcomers. Howe-To Industries was begun by adding 37 older-adult volunteer mentors to an existing enterprise market program at the school. Mentors, which comprise about equal numbers of newcomers and long-term residents, introduce youth to small business development through the operation of a country market in the school's renovated dairy barn. The diversity of mentors' life experiences gives youth from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities to develop social and functional life skills, decide upon and manufacture their own products, learn advertising and merchandising techniques, and sell their goods and services. Students earn money, enhance their self-image, learn skills they can carry into their adult lives, and develop a stronger sense of community. Interpersonal relationships developed during the program are therapeutic and serve to dissolve age and racial stereotypes. Suggestions are offered for transferring this program to other rural communities. (Contains 15 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina