In the past 40 years our world has experienced many life changing innovations. However, Canada’s grade school curriculum has stayed relatively stagnant. Only 25% of high school graduates understand the concept of entrepreneurship.
In partnership with CBE, Mindfuel, and the Mount Royal Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Innovation Mentorship program mentors grade 5 to 9 students in the classrooms to gain an entrepreneurial mindset. Enactus MRU members from across campus and faculties, are recruited, trained, and empowered to mentor youth in the classroom by helping them understand and utilize the tools to take entrepreneurial action. This semester 20 Enactus MRU mentors are contributing a total of 240 volunteer hours to mentor 200 students in grades 5 to 9. In the classroom, students are learning how to use the skills that they have gained in their option classes and seeking opportunity to further their community through an entrepreneurial mindset. To do so, teachers use the 17 sustainable development goals and Design thinking. By the end of the semester, students will have defined a problem, found possible solutions, prototyped their ideas, and put it to the test! Furthermore, Enactus mentors are also earning valuable experience in the design thinking process, entrepreneurship, leadership, and working with youth.