To have a bright and ambitious teenager is a dream-come-true but it must also be a daunting task to keep such a dynamic child suitably challenged.
That is what sprang to mind when I tabled at a special event full of such budding go-getters. The conference center was abuzz with students competing in a variety of contests, both as individuals and in teams, pitching original business plans for a wide variety of industries: marketing, management, hospitality, entrepreneurship, and more.
I learned how discerning these kids were when it came to educational experiences.
I guarantee that I learned more from those high schoolers than they did from me. And what I learned impressed the socks off me.
First of all, I learned how discerning these kids were when it came to educational experiences. The high schoolers I talked to were not just smart, but also practical and driven. They were interested in big ideas, yes, but what they were really curious about was how those big ideas applied to them as individuals and how they could use those ideas to improve their lives and the lives of others.
They were also looking for an edge. Everybody has good grades these days. Everybody has solid extracurriculars. Everybody has that one teacher who will write them a glowing recommendation. Sure, there are any number of conferences and workshops available to attend, but a two-grand price tag on a two-day symposium put on by a group no one’s heard of before? Definitely not. So what’s an ambitious college-bound teen to do?
Thankfully, that was something I could help them out with.
FEE is proud to offer the most affordable high school summer programs, empowering young people to learn new skills and develop existing ones.
I was tabling for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), an organization that has been around a long time—73 years last week, in fact. And we’ve been hosting student seminars for nearly that long. These days, our summer programs are designed for high school students specifically and they are tailored to offer an interactive, summer-camp-style, immersive experience. We partner with universities all over the country to give high school students a three-day slice of college life as they learn about leadership, entrepreneurship, and economics. Best of all, because we’re a privately-funded non-profit, our incredibly passionate and generous donors allow us to offer these seminars, including room and board, for just $79.
FEE is proud to offer the most affordable high school summer programs, empowering young people to learn new skills and develop existing ones. (Not to mention they look outstanding on college applications and resumes.) Here are the pre-college seminars we have coming up this year.
Economics in the Real World
Economics isn’t just some boring class students have to take to graduate. It’s a way to understand how the world actually functions. Gaining an economic mindset is crucial to truly seeing how things work and why. Students discover what drives human behavior and how they can apply these concepts to day-to-day life.
How will your student change the world for the better?
The benefits of this three-day seminar will last a lifetime. There are three different opportunities to attend this one—Atlanta, GA; Orange, CA; and Tucson, AZ—in June and July. You can find more details by following each city’s link.
Think Like an Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship is more than just starting a business and then raking in the cash. It's a mindset that includes coming up with innovative ways to solve problems and overcome obstacles. What does it take to creatively and proactively solve problems in the real world? Students can find out this July in Midland, MI, or St. Louis, MO.
Entrepreneurs brought us the smartphone, online payment systems, meal kits, and Netflix. How will your student change the world for the better?
Leadership in Action
What does it take to be a great leader? Good leadership is a skill to be learned and mastered like any other. Anyone can boss someone else around, but it takes courage and strong character to be a great leader, and understanding some basic economic principles—like opportunity costs and incentives—helps a lot, too. If you're looking for a real-world toolbox to empower your student to be a changemaker, they can join us this July in either Orlando, FL; Austin, TX; or Denver, CO.
Good leadership is a skill to be learned and mastered like any other. Whether your student is looking to run a household or a globe-spanning business, the know-how they’ll gain at this seminar will help them be the best, most effective leader they can be.
Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life, Change the World
To change the world you have to understand it. FEE summer seminars help young people do just that. The programs are designed to focus on fundamentals. We will talk about big ideas, and our goal is for students to leave more confident and better prepared to take on the world. These programs should be a starting place on their journey to better understand the world and make more informed decisions.
With so many young people today taking a much more active interest in how the world works, these seminars are an incredible opportunity to not only get a leg up on the competition but also learn how to make truly effective and lasting change. The deadline for applications is April 15th, so don’t wait to put yours in. We at FEE are really looking forward to seeing your student there!