These Baltimore middle school girls spent the week working on new ventures - Technical.ly Baltimore

Access

Jul. 14, 2017 12:59 pm

These Baltimore middle school girls spent the week working on new ventures

Spark Baltimore was one of the stops on a seven-city tour for Envision Lead Grow. Founder Angela Reddix created the program to inspire entrepreneurship.
Envision Lead Grow participants work on their ventures at Spark Baltimore.

Envision Lead Grow participants work on their ventures at Spark Baltimore.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Abisola Abina is passionate about spreading education.

“I think that every child should have an opportunity to get an education,” she said.

This week, the 12-year-old who attends KIPP Ujima Village Academy is learning how to turn that passion into a nonprofit. After four days developing an idea and hearing from entrepreneurs at Spark Baltimore, she was set to pitch the nonprofit at Morgan State on Friday.

It’s called DEAR, which stands for Drop Everything and Read.

She’s one of a group of middle school girls who took part in Envision Lead Grow. The city-focused program, created by Angela Reddix, is designed to introduce girls in cities to entrepreneurship.

“I believe entrepreneurship is an intervention to decrease poverty in a community, increase high school graduation rates, decrease teen pregnancy rates,” said Reddix, who is CEO of ARDX, a healthcare and tech consulting company based in Norfolk, Va.

The program is in seven cities this summer, with Baltimore being the fourth stop. In all, about 500 girls heading into grades 5-9 will participate.

They pitch to begin the week, work to develop their mentors, and hear from entrepreneurs and leaders. Tiffany Robinson, who is Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Larry Hogan, spoke to the group on Thursday.

Envision Lead Grow founder Angela Reddix (right) and Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Larry Hogan Tiffany Robinson (2nd from right) hear pitches. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Envision Lead Grow founder Angela Reddix (right) and Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Larry Hogan Tiffany Robinson (2nd from right) hear pitches. (Photo by Stephen Babcock)

Along with encouraging girls to tap into their passion, the program is also encouraging the girls to develop relationships.

That involves keeping connection points following the week. They’re matched with a mentor at the camp to follow up throughout the year, and connect again through webinars with girls from the seven cities each month. Reddix is also organizing an event in D.C. later this year to bring girls together.

Advertisement

“The girls will continue to pitch their ideas, continue to fine-tune their ideas and use their peer group as almost a beta of their concept,” she said.

-30-
CONTRIBUTE TO THE
JOURNALISM FUND

Already a contributor? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the Technical.ly community
New call-to-action

Advertisement

He spent 10 years working for Baltimore City schools. Now, he’s helping former students deliver on his teachings

5 student startups that pitched at this Johns Hopkins accelerator’s first demo day

How 5 winners of Open Works’ EnterpRISE finals plan to grow in Baltimore

SPONSORED

Baltimore

How independence fuels confidence and professional development at SmartLogic

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Sr. Software Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Front End Engineer

Apply Now

Philadelphia

Technically Media

Technical.ly Director of Talent Initiatives

Apply Now

This entrepreneurship training program provides veterans with a chance at new career paths

10 biz-building quotes that stood out from TEDCO’s 2019 Entrepreneur Expo

Baltimore Innovation Week 2019 showed a tech community’s blueprints coming to life

SPONSORED

Baltimore

How this lawyer is helping entrepreneurs bark up the right tree

Baltimore, MD

14 West

Qlik Developer

Apply Now

Baltimore, MD

14 West

Senior Qlik Developer

Apply Now

Baltimore, MD

14 West

Lead Qlik Developer

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Baltimore

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!