Middle school girls learn to become entrepreneurs at camp at ODU

More than 100 middle school girls are learning how to be entrepreneurs at Old Dominion University this week.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- More than 100 middle school girls are learning how to be entrepreneurs at Old Dominion University this week.

“I’m thinking about doing my own stationary for people who have jobs or in offices or things like that,” said 10-year-old Mya Mccollum-Trueselle.

The non-profit camp, Envision Lead Grow, is providing students like Mya with the confidence and knowledge to achieve their dreams.

The girls at this camp range in age from 10 to 15-years-old and they are learning everything from how to make a good first impression to coming up with a business plan for the future.

“It’s a really great time where girls are still influenceable, you can teach them things, they are actually going to absorb it,” said Anyssa Reddix, who started the camp last summer in Norfolk.

She said it was so successful it has spread to a seven-city tour, impacting more than 400 girls.

“We’ve been to Memphis, Greensboro, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond and now closing here in Norfolk,” said Reddix. “Going to these communities where a lot of times they are struggling, and people a lot of times are not having jobs, their parents and family members don’t have jobs, they don’t feel a lot of hope,” said Reddix.

In order to participate, each student had to submit an essay explaining why they want to be an entrepreneur.

“I wanted to open a homeless shelter and safe house and, attached to the homeless shelter and safe house, I would have a bakery and I would allow the people who live at the shelter to work there and get experience,” said 14-year-old Abbi Colburn.

The camp is free to all students and made possible by local donors and volunteers like Kema Geroux who owns Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium.

“I’m hopeful that by talking with them and working with them we can be part of something and get past that and feel comfortable in their own skin and take risks that are healthy for them,” said Geroux.

For more information on the camp and how your daughter, friend or loved one can apply, click here.

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