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Books Outside the Box: An Innovative High School Program

| December 14, 2011 | 3 Comments

booksThe education system is a constant target for entrepreneurs as we try and figure out what the best ways are to teach, inspire and mentor kids to break into the business world on their own. Universities have begun to step up to the plate and provide more courses and opportunities specially geared at entrepreneurs. However, high schools are still lagging in this area which is unfortunate because of how many kids out there never get a chance to go to college.

We came across an interesting program, led by Brenton Geiser, to help high school students think outside the box. The program called Books Outside the Box will provide students with forward thinking books like Think and Grow Rich, The Power of Now, The Art of Possibility, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and The Magic of Thinking Big. These books will help the students break the normal barriers of thinking and make them think outside the box about the world. Then the students will work with mentors, create presentations and participate in discussions about the idea and thoughts presented in the books.

What they need:

Your money will help BOTB:

  1. Provide each student with a book of their own from our book list (for over 50 students for two years)
  2. Provide a prize for the students with the best final presentations.
  3. Classroom supplies.
  4. Payment to our venue sponsor–for end of the year closing event.

Visit their fundraising page to learn more about he program and to donate to their cause if you support it.

What do you think of the idea and program? Did you read books like that in high school?

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  • Henry Louis

    Oh! It seems to be very interesting program. I hope it would give better idea to the students about the outside world.

  • Brenton Gieser

    Thanks for the kind words Harry…and we hope it will too :).  We don’t want to just instill entrepreneurial learning but experiential learning where students can apply what they learned directly to their lives…and expand on their lives as it is now.  

  • Anthony

    Programs like this are a step in the right direction for youth entrepreneurship and the education system. The more time I spend on the subject, the easier it is to realize that every student is inherently entrepreneur-minded.  The problem becomes that as they get older, the institution of school convinces them to get a safe, secure, “real” job rather then to continue their entrepreneur ways.  Here is an article I recently wrote on my blog pertaining to this issue.

    Follow my blog or follow me @APompliano on Twitter for more information on education and youth entrepreneurship!