Posted by Pieter Taljaard
The Rotary Club of Airdrie had Jodie Eckert speaking at today’s lunchtime meeting about the Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC). The Club is proud to sponsor two students for the next training camp.
Jodie helps build strong business communities through her key contributions to a wide range of economic development projects. Jodie believes that learning should be something you do your whole life and that training and education for entrepreneurs build strong business communities. She has been involved with the youth entrepreneurship camp for 11 years as a team leader as well as camp manager.
RAYEC is for youth aged 13-15 and have an interest in business.  This one-week entrepreneurial-based camp combines the education of business training with a summer camp atmosphere. Campers hear from guest speakers and participate in workshops to learn the components of a business plan such as marketing, advertising, cash flow and record keeping.
Students are put into business teams where they come up with a business idea, meet with suppliers and bankers and build a product or a service.  On the final day of camp these youthful ventures are open for business. Campers pay back their business loans and split their profits amongst their business team.  It’s not only about numbers and business plans, though. The youth get to participate in a variety of summer camp experiences and recreational activities as well.
Campers attend for free, thanks to the generous support of community sponsors within Rotary District 5360. Sixty youth from South and Central Alberta will attend the camp during the week of August 17th, 2019, which will be held at Eagles Nest Ranch in Cypress Hills, Alberta.
Interested students can get more information or can apply to join the camp at from January onwards, and applications close in May.
Rotary members can volunteer to help at the camp or can visit the camp during the ‘Business Day’ on 17th August 2019.