Here are a few ideas that have come to me as I have continued to think about what happened on Leap Day.
1. Form a permanent body of entrepreneurs (a foundation?) that might do the following:
Apply for grants - distribute funding
Reward schools for exciting, innovative work - "A West Virginia Entrepreneurial School"
Form a mentorship strategy for young people like Wes and the John Marshall students.
Encourage statewide and local support mechanisms - fund Lemonade Stand activities in local schools or provide judges for EE competitive events
Continue to advise and guide the WVDE in all things entrepreneurship
Coordinate and evaluate various strategies
Of course the WVDE would be a strong and willing partner.
2. I have spoken with Lydotta Taylor about creating a wrap-around curriculum product that could be used with any school fund-raising effort to make it more entrepreneurial. We are thinking about some activities before and after the fund-raising to make it seem more like the opening and closing of a business. More to come.
3. As I think about the full range of activities, from Lemonade Stand to the Wes Davises of West Virginia, I keep asking, "What can we do to help Wes and those like him to move to the next level? What kind of support/advice/assistance could be given to smart young kids with ideas and passion?" I am thinking we need a less accidental way of identifying these students, a way to reach out to them, provide support and mentorship. Maybe something like this: http://www.rolexmentorprotege.com/en/index.jsp?xts=324652&xtor=AD-31061----[TED.com]---
Please post your ideas while they are still fresh. Thanks!