Youth camp to spark creative toms replica business ideas

Make a good living or make a difference? Social enterprise is where these seemingly conflicting ambitions collide—sparking some amazing business models. The Stillwater Area Foundation is now cheap toms shoes taking applications for its first-ever Sparks! Social Enterprise Camp for high school students.

The day camp will take place in downtown Stillwater this summer, June 19-23. Participants will spend five engaging days listening to guest speakers, visiting social enterprise businesses throughout the Twin Cities and, ultimately, developing concept plans for their own social enterprises.

“For many young adults today the ambition to toms outlet uk earn a solid living is there, but it is not enough,” said Stillwater Area Foundation board member Tom Triplett. “They want to know that the hours they spend working will make a lasting and meaningful difference in the world, as well.”

A social enterprise is a business that seeks to make money, but it also has a clear social goal or benefit. For example, the business focus could be on saving the environment. Or it might provide jobs for people who are difficult to employ. Or it could provide support to adults or kids battling serious illnesses. Examples of some well-known social enterprises include TOMS shoes and Love Your Melon.


Michael Vergin will serve as the camp leader and director. Vergin, a faculty member at Mounds Park Academy, has taught a high school course on social enterprise for three years.

“I see many students who have an interest in making shoes replica the world a better place. There is something very powerful about thinking creatively in order to help others. There’s also something intuitively interesting and challenging about working to solve problems and meet needs that others haven’t yet solved,” said Vergin.

“The idea is that students will leave the camp motivated to make a difference, empowered to understand their own potential to enact change, and inspired by others who have done shoes outlet just that. Realistically, we won’t change the world during Sparks! week. But the students who participate will head into their futures armed with an idea and an action plan for starting a social enterprise of their own,” Vergin said.

The camp is being made possible by a financial grant from RBC Wealth Management, with base-camp space donated by Jim Link of Idea-Link, Inc. and the IdeaPad.

Sparks! Social Enterprise Camp is open to students toms outlet uk living within the school district 834 boundaries who will be juniors or seniors in high school during the 2017-2018 school year. Students attending Stillwater Area High School, private schools, charter schools and home schools are encouraged to apply. Up to 20 students will be accepted into this year’s inaugural camp.

Additional information and applications for Sparks! Social toms sale Enterprise Camp are available at local high school counselors’ offices, and at the Stillwater Area Foundation website:  Questions about the camp can be directed to foundation board member Tom shoes replica Triplett by phone 651-222-0239 or email [email protected] Applications must be received by May 1.