In.Business - A Business Network for Indigenous Youth is the high school business mentorship program facilitated by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business studies at Cape Breton University. In.Business teams Aboriginal high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12 with Aboriginal business mentors, who are educated, working professionals with a background in business. During the course of the school year, students work on bi-weekly business challenges facilitated by their mentors using smartphone technology (provided to them by CBU). The primary goal of these challenges, and this program, was to help the students explore various facets of business so that they can make informed decisions about their future educational plans, which will hopefully include business.
Due in large part to the success of the Nova Scotia pilot (Business Network for Aboriginal Youth, 2011-2014) and the $5 million in Federal matching funds from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), as well as other private donors, the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies is expanding its operations nationally using the Nova Scotia pilot as a model. The goal is to provide Aboriginal students from coast to coast to coast with the opportunity to participate in our Aboriginal business mentorship program regardless of where they live in Canada. The national program will be named In.Business – A Business Network for Indigenous Youth. The country will be divided into regions with students and mentors in each. When the roll-out of the national program is complete, In.Business will have approximately 300 students and 50 mentors from across Canada.
The In.Business program was offically launched in November of 2014 with the Atlantic Region. This region includes 60 students and 10 mentors from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Eastern Quebec. The Central Region will be launched in Winnipeg in March 2015. This region will include students from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The other regions to be launched in the near future will be:
- Eastern Region - Ontario and parts of Quebec
- In partnership with Nipissing University
- Northern Region - Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, Nunavut Territory
- In partnership with Yukon College
- Pacific Region - British Columbia and Alberta
- In partnership with Vancouver Island University
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