Jacksonville non-profit working to ascertain Youth Enterprise Mall
Krumpin ‘4 Success, Inc. is running an entrepreneurship program, and the business center would provide some kind of incubator space for local teenagers’ business activities.
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – A new not-for-profit venture in Jacksonville provides space for young adults with business ideas to grow their ventures while learning what it takes to start a business.
Krumpin ‘4 Success, Inc. is a local youth organization “dedicated to reducing adolescent risk behavior and relapse by providing creative activities and promoting academic stability, economic frugality, positive mental health, and a successful transition to productive citizenship” .
Shanna Carter, CEO and founder of the group, said the organization’s successful entrepreneurship program will soon have a concrete facility in the form of a “Youth Business Mall”.
“Just to really see it’s surreal,” Carter said, standing at the Morning Star Faith Temple on Golfair Boulevard. in the Brentwood neighborhood. “I’m just really, really looking forward to you doing something great and being successful in life and in business.”
The building was given to the group for use as a kind of incubator room, in which teenagers and young adults who are part of the Krumpin ‘4 Success Entrepreneurship program can run their business at one of 10 kiosks that will be built inside.
Carter said that those entrepreneurs who want one of the rooms will go through the normal business opening process and teach them the skills it takes to do so in the real world.
“The kiosk will actually have his logo on it, it will be their merchandise, so they will basically rent the space,” she said. “It’s not just about having a place for them to say, ‘I make money.’ No, they go through the same process as if they were a business owner buying and renting real estate somewhere in our city. ”
The “Entrepreneurship” program that Carter’s group is running was launched in 2015. Since then, they have worked with a range of young adults developing an idea from scratch and creating a company and website.
“We have a lot of people who will tell them, ‘Just do a business.’ And they tell them three things to do. But no, first you have to have the attitude. Because being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, “Carter said.
The organization currently has 17 local youth in its entrepreneurship cohort. The next batch is scheduled to start in March.
When completed, the space will also have a coffee bar and outdoor dining area, according to Carter.
“It gives me the opportunity to put my skills to the test,” said 21-year-old Natasha Baker, who is passionate about cooking. “This program basically helps me show what I’m capable of in terms of creativity and bring my art out.”
The group is more than just entrepreneurship, however: Carter said a big part of what she and her team do is engaging with the teenagers they mentor, helping them get their high school diploma or GED and breaking the stigma of schooling prison pipeline.
“They make people sculpt you every day,” said volunteer Janay White. “You bring people here to help you with your credit. You have no reason to commit or commit a crime when you have access to all of the things for which you would commit a crime against a person.”
Carter said she hopes to have four “Youth Business Mall” locations in town at some point, adding potential space for young entrepreneurs and bringing the concept to different neighborhoods.
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