Mentor program helps Boyle High students develop business skills
Entrepreneurship students at Boyle County High School learn business skills firsthand from local mentors. These volunteers meet with class members weekly during the semester through a partnership between the high school and the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce. Each student is matched to a mentor, who advises them on starting a business from scratch.
“This opportunity allows students to learn outside the classroom, and get a glimpse of the real world,” commented David Christopher, Entrepreneurship class teacher. “It is a good lesson that they can learn from anyone, not just in a school setting, and will probably need to do so in their future careers.”
The goal of the program is to build relationships between the students, school and the community, in hopes of strengthening not only the students’ knowledge but bonds in Danville. There are a record number of mentors this year, with Mr. Christopher and Chamber director Jeff Jewel working together to find those willing to serve. Besides working with their mentor, participants hear from with a variety of business leaders, such as a lawyer, accountant, graphic designer, and insurance agent, with whom they would have to interact if they were to start a venture.
By the end of the semester, students must complete a full business plan, including a prototype, business cards, and other related pieces. They then present the materials to a panel of judges. The student with the best presentation earns a $1,000 scholarship.
For more information on the class or how to become a mentor, please call David Christopher at (859) 236-5047.