Our goal is to teach entrepreneurship to students in order to provide an additional pathway to economic opportunity.
Many kids in our nation lack exposure to the benefits of entrepreneurship. Their disadvantaged background locks them out of opportunity to climb the economic ladder. In some socioeconomic groups, only one of five students can read at grade level, which is a prescription for having low-end jobs that make upward mobility nearly impossible. Entrepreneurship should be for everyone in America, not just the privileged.
Background on the Problem
The Brian Hamilton Foundation believes in the power of education to prepare and propel students to reach new heights. However, we realize that outside factors prevent many students from receiving a strong education. While 84 percent of Americans will graduate high school, fewer than 50 percent will go on to receive an associate degree or higher. This statistic leaves 120 million people 25 and older without a college education. What does this typically mean for them? It means many people will have low-end jobs with little upward mobility. It means some of the kids you see today in your neighborhood won’t have the options afforded to their more educated peers.
Our youth education program aims to reach students under the age of 18 to offer an additional pathway to economic opportunity. Through entrepreneurship classes, we equip students with another tool in their toolbox to enjoy secure and productive lives.
For decades, Brian has been inspiring young minds to turn their passions into profit. With interactive and humor-filled presentations, Brian now helps youth to realize undiscovered skills and teaches them how to apply their diverse life experiences to entrepreneurial ventures. Ranging from topics of customer service to personal finances to building confidence, Brian has equipped hundreds of middle school students with the tools necessary to start their own low-capital businesses.
NC Future Entrepreneur School Tour
Every student in North Carolina can be a future entrepreneur. Brian is touring across North Carolina to speak to middle school students regarding the benefits of entrepreneurship. He advises students to continue their education but also inspires students to expand their options by exploring the principles of starting, running, and growing their own real businesses.
We believe all students, regardless of course of study or course curriculum, will benefit from the Future Entrepreneur Tour. The talk helps introduce the values of entrepreneurship to young minds: a strong work ethic, honesty, and commitment. Students will leave the talk with a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship as a career path and as an avenue of financial stability.
Learn More About Our Youth Initiative
Kendrick Vines, Career Development Coordinator, East Millbrook Magnet Middle School, Wake County School District
Joseph Babyak, CTE Specialist, Pollard Middle School, Chatham County School District
Brian answers questions from students at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School
Brian speaks to students at Pollard Middle School
Kendrick Vines CTE Teacher East Millbrook Magnet Middle School
I can tell them according to the textbook how to start a business, but actually having that experience and making it more relatable, Mr. Hamilton was able to do that by coming here and making his presentation.
Margaret Froneberger Chief Executive Officer Brian Hamilton Foundation
We believe that entrepreneurship unlocks the door to economic opportunity in the United States.
Brian Hamilton Founder Brian Hamilton Foundation
Having your own company is for everyone, not just those born into privilege.