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Anthony Delmedico, founder and CEO of Del Visionaries, gave a speech titled E2 at the White House during the recent Future of Entrepreneurship Education (FEE) Summit. E2 = Entrepreneurship Education as core curriculum in our K-12 schools. Anthony is demanding that Congress, state governor boards, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan mandate entrepreneurship education as part of core curriculum for all public schools.
Fueled by the speech he gave at the Future Entrepreneurship Education Summit, Delmedico says he is launching an online digital petition to create awareness to the plight of America’s future and garnish the support of millions to the importance of entrepreneurship to empower the next generation of America’s youth to become entrepreneurs that is job creators versus job seekers.
During Delmedico’s speech, he gave factual statistics to highlight on how the lack of an entrepreneurial education has a negative effect on America’s youth and the American economy. ”While the nation’s unemployment rate wavers close to 10%, for young adults 16 to 30, the unemployment is closer to 26 percent, and in some cities in our nation close to 40%,” said Delmedico.
“For those fortunate enough to earn a high school or college degree, very few are prepared for today’s new economy, and the job market of today. Currently there are 2.4M college graduates whom cannot find jobs in their fields of study, that’s 80%. They are in debt up to their eyeballs and they are disappointed,” says Delmedico.
“According to a recent report by the McKinsley Global Institute, America will need to create a net 21M new jobs by 2020 in order to return to full employment. Currently we have a job deficit in this country. 75% of all new jobs come from entrepreneurs, not large corporations. So if we are serious about creating 21M new jobs in the next 8 years, we need to create an army of entrepreneurs. This Army is sitting in our K-12 school system today.
We must launch E2 (entrepreneurship education) as required core curriculum in our schools, starting in the 4th grade and advancing to the 12th grade. And we must do this by 2013. This will create an army of job creators versus job seekers and change the face of the American economy within 8 years,” says Delmedico.
In 2009, Delmedico authored an interactive workbook, Kids in business around the World, that teaches kids (8 to 14) how to start their own business. Knowing that kids would need more than just a book or academic experience he also invented a mobile business stand branded the Little Green Money Machine.
Kids pick a kid business template from the book, design their own advertising banners, and sell products/services in their neighborhoods and communities. This revolutionary interactive learning system is now helping kids, tweens, and teens learn how to set goals, set-up their first business, and lays the foundation of financial literacy and social entrepreneurship.
“If Entrepreneurship is the engine of the American economy, why isn’t the same emphasis placed on it in our K-12 schools as Math, English, and Science? If we are serious about creating jobs, and putting the American economy back on track, this is a no brainer. We need to create an army of entrepreneurs! We need to teach it in our schools!” Delmedico demands passionately during his speech to his DC audience.