This initiative was created by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in an effort to offer more entrepreneurial training, information and support services for Atlantic Canadians aged between 15 and 35.
The entrepreneurial component of the youth initiative focuses on the development of an entrepreneurial culture among youth and on helping them better integrate the world of business and entrepreneurship. It is also possible to promote programs aiming youth activities. As for the youth exodus program, its focus is to create activities aimed at the repatriation of young people back to the Acadian Peninsula.
The initiative called J’y reviens! J’y reste! (I’m coming back to stay!) has enabled 23 young people originally from all over the Acadian Peninsula to experience an unforgettable weekend in Tracadie-Sheila on May 1st and 2nd 2004. J’y reviens! J’y reste! was aimed at young people with a college or university diploma and showing a real interest in returning to the Acadian Peninsula to live.
During the weekend, these young people had the chance to rediscover their region, make a number of contacts and receive a number of tools to help them search for work or start a business. They also had the opportunity to participate in a networking banquet attended by more than a hundred business people, elected officials and representatives of government agencies.
If you’re interested in returning to the Acadian Peninsula or if you know any young people who would like to return to the region to work or to start a business, simply contact Diane Carey at Enterprise Peninsula.
A first entrepreneur camp was held October 15, 16 and 17 2004 at the Shippagan campus of l’Université de Moncton. The youth entrepreneur camp was aimed at grade 11 and 12 students from the four high schools in the Acadian Peninsula.
The entrepreneur camp focused mainly on developing a sense of entrepreneurship and leadership, as well as raising participants’ awareness of the opportunities available to them in the region. These goals were reached through a variety of activities including talks by entrepreneurs, visits to businesses and challenge-based games.
Twenty-three young people and eight counsellors took part in this activity and came out of it transformed. The camp was a resounding success on all fronts.
SEED Youth entrepreneurship
You are a student and would like to go into business for the summer? If so, the Department of Training and Employment Development can loan you up to $3,000. In addition, if you reimburse your loan within the prescribed period, you will receive a rebate equal to one-third of the amount of the loan. Contact Enterprise Peninsula or the nearest office of Training and Employment Development. You must apply by July 1st each year.
Young entrepreneur award (in conjunction with CBDC-PA)
The prize was created to reward the contribution of young entrepreneurs to the economic development of the Acadian Peninsula. To be eligible, the person must be a young business leader (owner, partner or majority shareholder) aged 34 or under. The business must have been in operation in the Acadian Peninsula for at least the past two years and must have shown a steady growth in business. For more information, contact CBDC-PA at 395-9700.
Jeunes Entreprises – PA
Jeunes Entreprises de la Acadian Peninsula inc. (Junior Achievement) is an international non-profit organization. Its mission is to inspire and educate young people about business values, help them understand the business world and the market economy and guide them in developing entrepreneurship and leadership skills. The organization’s various entrepreneurship programs are typically for students from grades 6 to 12. The main program, Mini-Entreprise, is geared at students from grades 9 to 12 and allows them to set-up and operate their own small business for a period of 26 weeks.
For more information 395-2633