Future Entrepreneurs Community Impact
In 2018, Future Entrepreneurs hosted the Igniting Innovation Gala with a keynote, Christopher Gardner, Motivational Speaker. Future Entrepreneurs recognized a need to empower and encourage children to pursue their entrepreneurial goals and not feel discouraged by socioeconomic circumstances. Christopher Gardner's message inspired youth not to be intimidated by statistics and told them they could be anything they chose to be when they grew up. Youth have choices. Youth can perpetuate the right decisions, or they can want to go another way. Christopher Gardner's life inspired the movie "Pursuit of Happyness," portrayed by actor Will Smith. Future Entrepreneurs Foundation held the community event for students. Florence School District One administrators and educators, public officials, and residents of Florence County, South Carolina, and surrounding communities were in attendance.
2019, Future Entrepreneurs coordinated a field study for youth in Florence County and surrounding communities on a charter bus roundtrip tour to visit the Smithsonian National African American Museum of History & Culture located in Washington, D.C. The museum gave the youth a cultural experience that allowed them to see how all Americans see their stories and their histories and how their cultures are shaped and informed by global influences. The museum explores what it means to be an American and shares how American values, like resiliency, optimism, and spirituality, are reflected in African American history and culture.
2019. Future Entrepreneurs introduced the John Maxwell Team Youth Max leadership program to Florence School District One Career Center. The program focused on key topics: Stand Up & Be Counted (Stop Bullying), Learning to Fail Forward to Success, Developing a Positive Self-Image, and Developing a Strong Personal Character. Future Entrepreneurs invited Walter Finnigan, Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team, to teach the program. Dr. John Maxwell is the author of several titles on leadership and a professional speaker. Walter gave Dr. John Maxwell leadership books and YouthMax t-shirts to students. Residents of Florence County, South Carolina, and public officials were also invited and in attendance.
2019, Future Entrepreneurs hosted the Second Annual Igniting Innovation Gala with a keynote, Shawn Harper, Former NFL Football Hall of Famer, Motivational Speaker. Shawn Harper's message was a testament to how young students can write their destiny by overcoming limitations and develop a winning mindset. Shawn struggled with learning disabilities and speech impairment as a child yet rose to achieve things most had never thought possible. Shawn Harper is a successful life coach, business owner, and public middle and high school motivational speaker. Shawn's ''no excuses'' philosophy has motivated millions of students to dream big and push through setbacks to realize their true potential. Richland County School District administrators and educators and residents of Columbia County, South Carolina, and surrounding communities were in attendance.