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You are invited to Candyland Christmas, a celebration of our local youth with Kids Can from the Community Action Agency and other community organizations, on December 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Las Cruces Downtown Plaza. Kids Can is excited to be back in public and works hard to ensure this is a safe space, with socially distant outdoor activities for the whole family.

This event features kids who have awakened their entrepreneurial spirit and created an original business plan, including product, pitch, pricing and marketing. Through programming and support from Kids Can, they explored the start-up costs of their business ideas and obtained feedback and advice from local professionals and industry experts on how to conduct a sale with customers. , including counting money and making change. Children will set up and operate all booths, including sales, transactions, and customer interactions. $ 500 in cash prizes will be awarded in three age groups judged on the most original business idea, best business potential and best presentation.

Although Kids Can activities have not been so open to the public in recent years, their mission of inspiring entrepreneurship among young people aged 6 to 17 has not slowed down. Youth-focused, strengths-based programming develops youth-owned businesses by fostering skills such as leadership, critical thinking, teamwork, customer service, communication, confidence building, autonomy, personal empowerment and age-appropriate business concepts. This period allowed the emphasis to be on connections and expansion.

While Kids Can activities have not been so open to the public in recent years, the organization's mission to inspire entrepreneurship among young people aged 6 to 17 has not slowed down.

“The collaboration was instrumental in moving from a mother’s plan to inspire and meet the special educational needs of her children to a federally funded and regionally managed program. The creation of this program is largely what we teach our children in the program. We cross barriers and collaborate with our community. This is exactly what you do as a business owner, ”said April Christensen, founder of Kids Can, a community action agency in southern New Mexico.

Candyland Christmas is the flagship event celebrating this collaboration and expansion. Over the fall, Kids Can partnered with the NMSU STEM Outreach Center (21st Century), Las Cruces Public Schools, Gadsden Independent School District, and Hatch Valley Public Schools, all of which are members of the partnership. SUCCESS. Kids Can shared the new curriculum and asked certified teachers and teaching assistants in Doña Ana County to facilitate the after-school programs with the support of their amazing staff.

Expansion will not be possible without additional teachers to help bring these programs to other schools. Participating instructors are paid from 21st Century Grant Funds. They also receive another stipend for training and feedback on the program, which improves the clarity and ease of implementation of this new comprehensive and already age-appropriate program. Kids Can is eager to deliver this entrepreneurship program tested and trusted by young people in the South West and beyond.

Through Kids Can, kids explore the start-up costs of their business ideas and get feedback and advice from local professionals and industry experts on how to conduct a sale with customers.

“The only way to increase our reach is to be able to capture this extra-curricular funding through our pilot program partnerships,” said Christensen.

If you would like to get involved or find out more, contact [email protected], or by phone at 575-527-8999. Ext. 117. You can also find out more and stay informed on social networks:

“We are looking for great young community mentors and sponsors,” says April. “A few dollars or an hour a week can open doors and change the world for our young people. “

April Christensen is the founder of the Community Action Agency’s Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur program.

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