Future Kings was created to highlight the benefits to the underserved community of empowering its males. The belief is that if we can invest in the goal of empowering these males through entrepreneurial success, the return on investment will be exponentially higher. For that reason, we are creating a pipeline of young men that is designed to create a strong alternative to the existing system-based pipelines leading to underemployment and incarceration. Our pipeline leads to a college education and the creation of minority owned, STEM-based businesses.
Building the Pipeline
The Future Kings are working to overcome the racial and income barriers that impede these young men and their families from gaining financial self-sufficiency. Our organization is creating a repeatable, scalable process for entrepreneurial training that is self-sustaining. The organization provides the academic education and hands-on experiences to create a cadre of entrepreneurs from underserved communities. These young entrepreneurs create STEM-based businesses that operate in some of the high growth industries of the 21st century. Specifically, participants develop skills in (a) computer coding associated with computer game design, (b) cyber-security, (c) stock market investing, and (4) engineering processes that use 3-D printing.
The Future Kings entrepreneurial instruction is based on two research based tenets. One of the tenets is “Applied Learning”. The other is “Authenticity”. “Applied Learning” is an educational pedagogy that uses project based learning as a way of helping students make connections between what they learn in school and how that knowledge is used for real purposes. “Authenticity” in K-12 education refers to how well classroom activities reflect the everyday and occupational practices of adults both in school and out of school program that functions as an internship program for boys in grades 6 to 12.
The foundation of the instructional process is the creation of revenue generating businesses. The businesses serve as internships for the Future Kings participants. Each template business has five departments: (1) corporate management, (2) human resources, (3) production, (4) customer service, and (5) marketing/sales. It is these businesses that provide both the “Applied Learning” and the “Authenticity” that is foundational to the Future Kings program. The instructional program is a combination of classroom instruction, field trips, guest speakers, and exposure to high demand specialties with STEM foundations. At Future Kings, STEM-based entrepreneurship is the key to empowering our underserved male students towards that success.
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