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The Young Entrepreneurs Club at Fingal Libraries Barry O'Carroll, Siobhan Walshe

The Young Entrepreneurs Club is an initiative developed by Fingal Libraries in association with the Europe Direct Information Centre at Blanchardstown Library. Each club consists of twenty fifth and sixth class pupils from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds who spend eleven weeks learning about how to set up and run a business.

The main objective of the club is to foster an interest in entrepreneurship and business among primary school pupils. The long term aim is that some of these young people will themselves become the entrepreneurs, innovators and job creators of the future.

The Young Entrepreneurs are given access to and encouraged to use all of the resources available in the library.

The presentation will demonstrate the steps we took to achieve these objectives and how we plan to improve and expand the club going forward.

Firstly, we will describe where the idea for the club came from and how it ties in with the strategic objectives of Irish libraries and Europe Direct.

Secondly, we will describe the planning that took place with the facilitator before the club was launched. This included deciding what format the club would take; the content; and how to reach potential members and their parents. We will also describe the weekly preparation that was carried out before and after each club session.

Thirdly, we will demonstrate how the first Young Entrepreneurs Club worked in practice and how we adapted subsequent clubs based on the knowledge gained and feedback received.

The last part of the presentation will deal with how we evaluate the club. We will describe our evaluation methods and present some of the feedback we received from club participants, parents and facilitators. Finally, we will present our conclusions as to how well we achieved the objectives discussed at the beginning of our presentation.

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The Young Entrepreneurs Club at Fingal Libraries Barry O'Carroll, Siobhan Walshe

  1. 1. Young Entrepreneurs Club at Fingal Libraries Siobhán Walshe Fingal Libraries Barry O’Carroll Fingal Libraries
  2. 2. Aim of the Young Entrepreneurs Club To awaken an interest in and involve primary school children in the world of business, enterprise and entrepreneurship.
  3. 3. Planning YEC Lilian Whelan Senior Executive Librarian Blanchardstown Library
  4. 4. Skills Developed  team building  conflict resolution  sales skills  customer care  problem solving  critical thinking  basic business accounting  social interaction  motivation  creativity  risk management  resilience  hand-eye coordination / dexterity
  5. 5. Serena Bryans Facilitator Young Entrepreneurs Club Creating the Programme
  6. 6. Designing Products to Sell Making the prototypes
  7. 7. A Typical Club Afternoon Manufacturing the products
  8. 8. Aoife’s Experience Aoife Participant Young Entrepreneurs Club Balbriggan Library
  9. 9. Market Day Sell! Sell! Sell!
  10. 10. Presentation of Certificates The final day of Young Entrepreneurs Club
  11. 11. Evaluation and Feedback - Participants  I learned how to control my behaviour.  I learned how to run my own business and the steps of being a young entrepreneur.  I learned that anyone can be an entrepreneur.  The fact that in tight situations, I’d start to panic and push people which isn’t healthy and I should work on this.  I learnt that being an entrepreneur is no easy task. You need to be persistent and courageous with every step you take. Each step, whether business or personal related can affect your journey.  I would work harder.  I believe that this was a well organised club. It is a way to introduce children like myself to the beginning of business. Basically, I LOVE THIS CLUB !!!
  12. 12. Evaluation and Feedback - Parents  I hoped she would get real world experience of a group business environment and she did.  I felt it was good that the children learned to compromise and do something outside family life, to best their independence.  I’m delighted my son took part. It has brought him out of himself.  Great encouragement for kids.  Learning the business process from market research to selling.  Helping kids explore different career routes.  Perhaps start up an old entrepreneurs club for parents too LOL! You have it all. Just keep this up. Well done!!!
  13. 13. Participant Feedback Leo Participant Young Entrepreneurs Club Blanchardstown Library
  14. 14. Parent feedback Berengére Parent Young Entrepreneurs Club
  15. 15. Facilitator Feedback Serena Bryans Facilitator Young Entrepreneurs Club
  16. 16. Top Tips for Young Entrepreneurs Leaflet Getting Down to Business
  17. 17. Changes Made Based on Feedback  Information session held for participants and parents  Reduced number of participants from 25 to 20  Created an even gender balance – 10 boys and 10 girls  Start time was put back to 4pm
  18. 18. Young Entrepreneurs Club at Fingal Libraries Thank you