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Ronnie Green discusses a new project led by university professors/Extension specialists to develop a youth-driven entrepreneurship program across the state. The pilot program is in western Nebraska involving five counties and is backed by strong support from local schools and businesses.
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[00:00:02.040]Welcome back, it's half time at the
[00:00:02.939]Huskers match up with the Michigan Wolverines.
[00:00:04.901]Greg Sharpe back at our Huskers sports network city host,
[00:00:07.672]I'm delighted to be joined by
[00:00:08.786]University of Nebraska, Lincoln chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:11.341]The university, of course, the chancellor empowers
[00:00:14.036]thousands of students each year to earn a college degree
[00:00:16.739]and make a positive impact on our state, our world.
[00:00:19.491]And two faculty extending their expertise
[00:00:22.280]to empower youth across our great state.
[00:00:24.133]What can you tell us about this program?
[00:00:26.372]Well Greg, You know we haved emphasis
[00:00:28.990]at the university for a long time
[00:00:30.104]and different ways around entrepreneurship.
[00:00:32.893]And new business develop and new ideas
[00:00:35.485]going into business development
[00:00:37.787]and this new project is in that name.
[00:00:40.594]Where we have the potential to create new opportunities
[00:00:43.664]for young Nebraskans across the state
[00:00:46.760]Two of our extension faculty, Maria DeGutzman,
[00:00:49.835]who is an associate professor and extension specialist
[00:00:52.518]in adolescent development.
[00:00:55.088]So kind of teenage student development.
[00:00:57.994]And Surin Kim, who is an assistant professor
[00:01:00.511]and extension specialist in entrepreneurship.
[00:01:02.583]Both in our College of Education and Human Sciences
[00:01:05.379]are working through the university's
[00:01:07.263]Rural Futures Institute along with several partners
[00:01:10.795]in private communities in the state
[00:01:13.316]and individual organizations in the state
[00:01:15.773]to develop a very youth driven entrepreneurship program.
[00:01:19.273]A kind of a turning the tables, if you will,
[00:01:21.034]using youth to mentor and help entrepreneurs develop.
[00:01:26.024]So they develop a series of youth entrepreneurship clinics
[00:01:30.076]that encourage growth of relationships
[00:01:32.874]between high school students in communities
[00:01:35.538]and local business owners in rural Nebraska.
[00:01:38.345]So a very exciting new development
[00:01:40.557]by these two extension professionals
[00:01:42.231]in our College of Education and Human Sciences.
[00:01:45.591]How is this program different from others
[00:01:46.691]that are designed to encourage youth to
[00:01:49.162]exercise their entrepreneurship muscles?
[00:01:52.213]Well, this is different.
[00:01:53.601]I use the term "flipping" the case here.
[00:01:57.631]We have opportunities for young people
[00:01:59.909]to learn about entrepreneurship.
[00:02:01.839]Our four H program for years has set
[00:02:03.898]an extension entrepreneurship program
[00:02:06.122]for four H youth through the state
[00:02:09.523]and they have opportunities to learn about what it is.
[00:02:12.044]But this is different where it puts the youth
[00:02:14.218]in the lead role.
[00:02:15.643]So students, now these high school students,
[00:02:18.188]are providing feedback to current business owners
[00:02:21.598]who are entrepreneurs in and of themselves.
[00:02:24.655]To offer perspectives that adults might not have.
[00:02:28.183]Looking at this from a pre-millennial, if you will,
[00:02:31.266]young person entering their front end of their life.
[00:02:35.699]The ultimate goal is to teach
[00:02:37.607]rural Nebraska high school students
[00:02:39.769]an entrepreneurial mindset within
[00:02:42.734]kind of placed based education.
[00:02:44.668]Where they are in that flipped role as a mentor.
[00:02:47.157]So by flipping the traditional job shadowing
[00:02:50.020]kind of on its head, the program is stimulating
[00:02:52.394]the development of innovative thinking
[00:02:54.391]and leadership skills and its helping these teenagers
[00:02:57.679]build a strong connection within their rural communities
[00:03:01.284]in the business sector as well.
[00:03:03.676]Professors Kim and DeGutzman envisioned this program
[00:03:06.817]paving the way really to help enhance and build
[00:03:09.382]rural business growth.
[00:03:10.912]Are we far enough along to know how its going?
[00:03:13.109]I think so.
[00:03:14.320]You know, it appeared to be months ahead of schedule
[00:03:17.324]already due to a high level of interests
[00:03:20.006]from high schools in several communities.
[00:03:22.661]I know their first pile up project is in western Nebraska.
[00:03:27.150]Its part of the Sandhills Youth Leadership
[00:03:28.878]and Entrepreneurship program covering a five county area
[00:03:32.404]in western Nebraska.
[00:03:34.644]It has support there from the local school districts,
[00:03:38.368]from business owners in those communities,
[00:03:40.994]and are planning to follow this first pile up project
[00:03:44.375]in the Sandhills area with one in Hastings
[00:03:46.913]in the coming years.
[00:03:48.594]So very proud of this effort
[00:03:50.706]where we are working in rural Nebraska,
[00:03:53.082]working in entrepreneurship development,
[00:03:55.198]and especially with high school youth in this area.
[00:04:00.152]What a great program and another good example
[00:04:01.862]of what the university is doing for our state.
[00:04:03.448]Always great to see ya.
[00:04:04.446]It's great to be here
[00:04:05.543]and I hope we see great play from our women
[00:04:07.935]in this second half against Michigan.
[00:04:09.339]Go Big Red.
[00:04:11.005]We've got second half action coming up next.
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