IUN mentors bolster young entrepreneurs in Gary

2014-06-08T17:55:00Z 2014-06-08T20:03:04Z IUN mentors bolster young entrepreneurs in GaryMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 08, 2014 5:55 pm  • 

GARY | Devioen Bryant, 14, created a glow-in-the-dark cellphone.

The phone’s lights would be activated by voice, the 14-year-old said, and the owner could then find it if it is lost or misplaced.

Andrew Garcia came up with a new concept in television.

Their inventions were the product of a Junior Achievement Be Entrepreneurial workshop in which volunteers with Brother 2 Brother, an Indiana University Northwest student support program, partnered with students at Dunbar-Pulaski Academic and Career Academy.

The pilot program concluded Friday.

Rajah Williby and fellow volunteer Niko Alavanja spent time working with students, helping each come up with a small business idea.

The seventh- and eighth-graders were then  coached to develop ways to market that idea and find financing.

The JA workshop taught Devioen, the glow-in-the-dark cellphone inventor, “that if I do good things, good things come back to me, but if I do worse thing” they come back, he said.

Eighth-grader Andrew Garcia-Hill, 14, came up with a concept for a TV system which would be “better than Infinity."

He said the workshop, a which ended Friday, taught him how to behave ethically in a business situation.

”And if you start now, when you’re older you’ll be successful,” he said.

Robert Campbell, a Gary Community School Corp. board member, invited the Brother 2 Brother volunteers to Dunbar to help promote camaraderie, academic achievement, self-discipline and intellectual development in Gary schools.

The workshop was supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Donor Advised Fund of the Legacy Foundation and IU Northwest.

The Be Entrepreneurial Workshop has been invited back to Dunbar-Pulaski next year, Williby said. It also likely will be held in other Gary schools.

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