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To wrap up the month of March, YouthBiz hosted a mini spring break camp at The Ford-Warren Branch Library. The Denver Public Library system has been a wonderful partner since 2017 and we were so excited to be back in person! This camp was free for participants to join, and restaurants in the area generously donated lunches each day to fuel our campers. The camp consisted of a 4-day long week where campers learned business basics. These campers worked through problem solving and collaboration to generate a business idea, put thoughtful research into their idea, crafted a prototype and learned how to deliver a business, shark tank style pitch. Each camper left the week with not only a new friend but the knowledge and understanding of how a business works, steps to becoming an entrepreneur and the mindset that goes along with it.
On our final day of camp, judges joined us to listen to each pitch and choose a winner who took home a cash prize of $100. Our judges were Denver locals coming from a variety of business backgrounds. The winning team was made up of 2 sets of siblings who have a passion for art and biking. They combined these two passions to create a custom design business for bikes. Their mission is to motivate kids to get outdoors or to finish a tough bike ride by loving the artwork on their personalized bike.
We were so impressed by all the campers’ passions and ideas, and we can’t wait to be back next spring. In the meantime, be sure to check out future opportunities hosted by YouthBiz. We hope to see you soon!