Currently being developed
The enterprise city has not been officially purchased yet. We are still in the process of raising the funds for this program. We need to raise a considrable amount of funds to purchase the Enterprise city license and the complete mobile city.
Enterprise City for at Risk Youth
The Enterprise City
With respect to the Enterprise City, the targeted location will provide a large enough room (such as a cafeteria or gymnasium) to set up the Enterprise City portable structures, props and furniture. The latter items are stored in their retractable and collapsible states to save space on the semi-trailer truck when they are not in use. When it is time to spring into action, the semi-trailer truck arrives at the new location at the beginning of the week, where HBHF personnel and volunteers remove the items from the truck and place them in the targeted facility. There, the portable structures, props and furniture are erected to build a miniature, self-contained city known as the Enterprise City. The high-quality makeshift facilities include such examples of a miniature community as banks, courts, retail entities, places for employment, and other businesses and entities.
The Enterprise City program is a five-day, afterschool program, with students/program participants spending the first four days in intense training (e.g., 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), learning such things as financial literacy, the job market and job preparation, the court system, economics, the consequences of involvement with the criminal justice system, the value of education, and others. Meanwhile, HBHF staff train volunteers and teachers during the day to assist the students throughout the week (e.g., 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). On the fifth day, the students immerse themselves in the Enterprise City experience, learning real-life, real-world lessons and consequences, and exposing them to information and tools to help them make better life choices.
WHAT IS THE MOBILE DEVELOPMENT CENTER (MDC)?
HIM By HER Foundation, Inc. (HBHF) is keeping pace with the community needs of the 21st century. The Mobile Development Center (MDC) allows HBHF to implement its innovative programs at different physical locations within the State of Indiana. By operating in this manner HBHF cuts the travel cost for all program participants to travel to an exclusive central location. The MDC is a combination of a special semi-trailer truck filled with the collapsible physical contents and equipment needed to implement Enterprise City and Vocational City programs. There will be well-coordinated visits to different communities and institutions (for example, schools and churches) for one week at a time, and follow-up and periodic re-visits as needed.
The Enterprise City at risk youth programs combine a dynamic integrated curriculum, with a powerful hands-on experience. Students apply and integrate math, language arts, financial literacy, social studies, civics, technology skills, teamwork and critical thinking. Students take on roles as employees, government officials, consumers and citizens while running businesses, organizations and government offices. Students create resumes, job applications, have real job interviews, get hired to a business where they work together as a team. Business teams apply and integrate math, language arts, critical thinking, financial literacy, creative arts, as they prepare their business, agency or organization, to do business in their city.
Students learn about the major parts of a community. They explore the interaction of individuals, business, organizations, local, regional and federal governments. Students learn the rules, responsibilities, laws and expectations that citizens, business and government has placed on them. Students work individually and in a team throughout their stay on a project they select to benefit a local non-profit charity to learn that philanthropy and giving back is an important part of the free enterprise system and our community.
Students learn the steps required to apply for and obtain a job. They engage in hands on activities, including completion of job applications, resume writing, career research, and obtaining letter of reference. They have real job interviews with faculty and local business employees holding the interviews. Finally students explore the many career opportunities available to them, and the career and education pathways to realize them.
Students examine the local, regional, national and global economies. They will examine that trade and commerce in the free enterprise system occurs locally, regionally, nationally and intentionally.
The international economy will be explored and students will have the unique opportunity to explore and engage in communication, trade and commerce of the goods and services, with students from other Enterprise City programs.
Students brainstorm and share the characteristics of a quality business. What it takes to get a business started and keep it going, define revenues of the business and discuss best practices. Students learn about operating a business and then create and present a business plan that is utilized in the simulated city.
Students learn how their interests and skills can be linked to various career alternatives. Students practice work related skills such as being punctual, dressing appropriately, working as an individual and as part of a team resolving conflict and teamwork. Students learn the value of teamwork as they participate in problem solving activities, conflict resolution, negotiation, collaboration, respect and networking.
Students learn about the flow of economic activity. They explore the flow of goods, services, and resources between people and businesses, as well as the money flow that occurs for exchange purposes.
As students engage in a series of hands on learning and life skills activities they are prepared for hands on simulations, students learn that government plays an important role in an economy by providing public goods and services, paid for by tax revenues. Students learn about the balances involved and will experience the consequences of their group decisions and the effects of taxation.
Students will complete a business loan application to a bank and some will attempt to secure venture or government funding. Student teams will examine their business cost and expenses building and planning budgets. Students learn the importance of setting the price of goods and services to earn a profit and they will prepare advertising plans to market their business goods and services.
Students learn about elections, campaign and hold elections for positions heading up the city’s government and judicial system. Older students will elect a City Council with far reaching budgetary and lawmaking responsibilities. Students will explore the local individual, property and business tax implications required to maintain a city.
Students learn that having a checkbook with checks does not mean there is money in the account. Participation in hands - on activities students learn of banking services such as cash management, checking and saving accounts. Students will learn about investing individually and with their businesses and the dynamics of these decisions.
Students learn and experience how people as citizens within a community live, work, interact and trade with others. Students engage in hand on activities learn the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.
Students will learn the importance of balancing income and spending, exploring wants, needs and opportunity costs. Learn of the importance of saving as part of their responsible personal financial well being. Learn and experience the value of spending, to attain personal goods and services or important quality of life things.