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We can foster the next generation of entrepreneurial heroes especially if they have the support needed to be effective leaders earlier in life. Rachel Mathis learned this very thing growing up and recognizing a gap in leadership guidance for younger students. "In high school I had a lot of opportunity to take on leadership roles, but it was hard because the questions I'd ask our mentors sometimes weren't relevant for me and other kids my age" Rachel explained. It wasn't until Rachel was at Mount Allison University she realized it was time to exercise her entrepreneurial muscles and get the 14+ group engaged in relevant leadership training. Last summer Rachel took what she learned in school and the mentoring she received from the Pond Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick to create a summer day camp designed for young leaders entering Grade 10. Today, Rachel is gearing up for a jammed packed fall with hero like leadership building.

Interested & want to learn more? Contact us. @invigorateyouth @invigorateleaders rachel@invigorateleaders.com

Rachel, what is Invigorate Leaders Program?

Invigorate has run programming over the past 4 years for students aged 14+, including adults. The programs focus on developing leadership skills such as communication, self-awareness, innovation, idea-building, teamwork, etc. Over the past 4 years, a lot of crossover with entrepreneurial skills have also been seen. At Invigorate, we survey our students before and after programs take place to try and see trends in outcomes of the programming. One of the more recent outcomes which has begun to surface is more confidence working outside of one’s comfort zone. This is huge when it comes to building entrepreneurial skills! Students have to be more confident and willing to work outside of their comfort zone if they are going to be innovative in a product/service and take the risks required to see it through. We have also seen an outcome growing over the past 4 years of students who feel more connected with each other as leaders. This growth of

support network is also an important metric when considering entrepreneurship. Although entrepreneurs can certainly work in a vacuum, best success comes when you have a supportive group around you, be it staff, or other entrepreneurial friends. Finally, Invigorate programs have many activities which foster innovation and the ability to think outside of the box. This is further extended and applied when students develop their own community projects – some of which have been companies in the past. All in all, while the intent and focus of our programs are to build leadership skills and confidence, there is naturally some cross-over with entrepreneurial skill-building as well. The mixing of the two is a powerful and much-needed skill set as we seek to tackle our present global issues. I’m personally excited to see what our youth will be able to grow for the future of their generation.

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