PEC's Quest for The Pot of Gold
The Entrepreneurship with Youth Financial Literacy program
PEC Entrepreneurship Programs
features mentorship opportunities, which can be particularly helpful in preparing students (middle and high school) for a technology, business or entrepreneurial career.
Students will be given the opportunity to work with professionals who can help guide them on their projects, advise them on potential career paths, and even offer networking, internship and job opportunities.
This mentorship relationship also allows students to see how their PEC workshop experience and interests can translate into a lucrative career down the road and can serve as inspiration for continued hard work and effort.
Each program covers key concepts in the following areas:
- ENTREPRENEURSHIP & ENTREPRENEURIAL THINKING
Entrepreneurship is blazing your own path. It’s devising something that doesn’t exist and bringing that idea to reality.
- THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MIND
We believe the true value of practicing entrepreneurship is the mindset that grows – the ability to be creative, learn from failure, and work well with others.
- IDEA GENERATION
Students learn to value every idea and contribution when tackling problems
- CREATIVE & CRITICAL THINKING
Critical thinking is crucial to entrepreneurship. Students are encouraged to think critically and examine the world around them.
Teamwork makes the dream work. Students learn to work together—to leverage each other’s unique skills and strengths to benefit the entire group.
- MARKET RESEARCH & CUSTOMER VALIDATION
Students examine their market, conduct customer research and determine what those wants, needs, and desires are.
- PROTOTYPING (USING WEB DESIGN, APP DESIGN, ETC.)
Building a working prototype is a crucial step in the product development process. It’s how you get investors interested, and it’s how you work out the kinks in a product. We help students bring their ideas to fruition through real, hands-on prototyping in each and every one of the courses.
- TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS
Our world is technology driven. No matter what field you’re in, what your job entails or what you studied in school, technology will always be a part of your professional life. Technology is incorporated in our courses.
- PUBLIC SPEAKING
We foster an environment where students feel comfortable speaking up, sharing and presenting their ideas. They learn to pitch, present to investors and much, much more.
- PITCHING TO AN AUDIENCE
Students pitch early and often, building their confidence and presentation skill.
Parents shield their kids from realities about money. In our attempts to protect children from the real world, we fail to teach them about money at all, except being a consumer. Generally, children have no idea how to run a household—to budget, pay bills, buy groceries and so on. As a result, we’re raising a whole generation of children who have no idea how money works and how to handle it wisely.
Are you ready to change your family money habits? Let’s not let another generation get by without learning these valuable life skills!
One of the great things about PEC Quest for the Pot of Gold workshops is that middle and high school students, male and female, will learn how to apply financial literacy principles to their lives.
Lesson 1: Work and Responsibility
Lesson 1 focuses on teaching the workmoney connection, the importance of personal responsibility, and how our work reflects our relationship with others.
Lesson 2: Spending and Wisdom
Lesson 2 discusses how to discover their natural gift and how their gift can lead to wise spending decisions now and in the future.
Lesson 3: Saving and Patience
Lesson 3 encourages delayed gratification and how they can learn to set specific goals for their saving.
Lesson 4: Giving and Generosity
Lesson 4 encourage and challenge them to step out of their comfort zones and learn the meaning of sharing.
Lesson 5 Debt and Honesty
Lesson 5 share perspective on debt, how to identify and reject the cultural myths that fuel debt’s popularity today
Lesson 6: Appreciation and Gratitude
Lesson 6 challenge their pervasive “bigger is better” messages and to encourage an attitude of appreciation rooted in humility and gratitude.