Envision a center that’s open 24 hours a day—a place for kids to go whenever they need it. It offers counseling and tutoring, as well as field trips and even boxing lessons.
“I picture this as a youth center but different. Better,” said Damari North, a sophomore at George Washington High School. “I know what it’s like to sit at home with nothing to do. I want to make a place where kids can come if they have problems at home. If you feel like you don’t belong, you can come to us. It’ll be open 24-7.”
He calls it “Underground Playground.” This is just one of the business ideas started by a dozen high school students during a week-long entrepreneurship camp, called BOSS Summer Camp, held at George Washington this summer.
“This is a way for high school students to learn about entrepreneurship and to get inspired for the future,” said Tim Scales, senior lecturer for the IU East School of Business and Economics and director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Economic Education. Scales runs the BOSS Program across the globe, and this is the first time he’s held it in Indianapolis.