A creative business plan for artist lofts paid off beautifully for Lusher Charter School senior Evangeline Doulens. The app to help up-and-coming artists connect with galleries and show spaces garnered Doulens the 2018 Greater New Orleans Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.
Doulens received $5,000 in continuing education funds on March 23. She won a spot in the upcoming state competition, and Lusher received $2,500 for supporting student participation and entrepreneurial spirit.
The program encourages high school students across the New Orleans area to turn big ideas into reality with support from The Brees Dream Foundation and Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans.
“The challenge is about more than creating a business plan,” said Brees Dream Foundation co-founder Drew Brees. “It is designed to educate, motivate and inspire students by giving them valuable communication and presentation skills that will help them in every aspect of life. It’s all about inspiring the kids.”
More than 2,300 students recently completed Junior Achievement’s It’s My Business curriculum, a hands-on learning program that introduces students to the elements of a business plan.
The program inspired TYCIC semi-finalists from Lusher, Ben Franklin High School, Mount Camel Academy, Academy of the Sacred Heart, Warren Easton High School, Archbishop Chapelle High School, Riverdale High School, Holy Cross High School, Lake Area High School and Cabrini High School. Mentors led the students in an accelerated eight-week workshop offering instruction in business fundamentals and the art of the pitch.
“Now more than ever, to continue the transformation of New Orleans, we need to prepare our young people to carry the torch of entrepreneurship,” said Junior Achievement President Larry Washington. “The Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge helps them to see their roles as future entrepreneurs and challenges them to fill a specific need within their community.”
Doulens plans to attend Ringling College of Art and Design in the fall and will enter the TYCIC state competition with winners from Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Lafayette. The winner will receive $10,000 toward education, and the winning school will receive $5,000. Three runner-up recipients and their schools each will receive $2,500.
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