Adolescence is a recent phenomenon, suggests Francisco Dao in Pando Daily.
He makes a good point — adolescence, in a sense, is a modern invention:
When we think about adolescence, most people accept that kids are growing up faster than ever….Prior to the early 20th century, the adolescent period essentially didn’t exist. Kids went from grammar school to immediately working in a factory or on the farm…By the time people were 15 or 16 years old, many faced adult responsibilities.
Passion Pull is the team of six Noble Impact students from Little Rock’s eStem High School that participated in Startup Weekend Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville. It won the best teamwork award that entailed a couple of nice prizes — a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi laptop, both of which were brought back to school.
Like most contemporary kids, these students traded in the factory and the plow for cyberspace and code.
Indeed, high school entrepreneurship has been a hot topic lately…
…And the environment necessary for young entrepreneurs to flourish seems to be growing.
Noble Impact wants to expand its public-service-through-entrepreneurship cirriculum to other schools, and early next year it plans to host the first-ever Startup Weekend devoted to high school students at eStem. It has other big plans in the works as well.
The team that would become Passion Pull formulated the idea for its Startup Weekend team on the ride up the Hill. Its idea represents a platform in which high school students can identify and pursue their passions as a career, and the students who make up the team plan to pursue it as a legitimate startup.
The first phase of the venture entails social networking; the second phase could include a database of students’ passions that can be accessed by businesses.
Team members are junior Christina Oaks (on schedule to graduate early), sophomore Alex Harris, junior Ashayla Burnett (who made the team’s original pitch at SW), sophomore Jadon Barnes (the team’s IT guy and an aspiring filmmaker), sophomore Sydney Brazil (who almost pursued her own idea at SW for a flavored donut hole shop called The Whole Thing) and sophomore Savannah Burl. Their ages range from 14 to 16.
And while they don’t work in factories, and certainly enjoy the luxury of an extended formal education, these kids proved over the weekend that they’re willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Down to the last team member, Passion Pull’s founders said they entered Startup Weekend with self confidence, and most importantly, a willingness to listen and learn.
Some notable observations from a few team members:
Christina on the Noble Impact cirriculum: “Other high schools could do this. This is one of the few classes, if not the only class, where I can take the information I receive and go out that day and utilize it.”
Alex on introducing entrepreneurship to high schools: “The system that’s been in place for 200 years is not as relevant as it used to be…Now the world is based on ideas. We’ve got to capitalize on those ideas, and that won’t change. We need to create new ideas to improve.”
Sydney on what she learned at SW: “I learned how to listen and how to step back and incorporate other ideas.”
Savannah on the SWNWA environment: “The openness of the people there surprised me a little. I didn’t think that older people would be willing to really listen to our idea. We learned how to work together as a team, and I learned what I was good at and what I wasn’t good at. And we learned how to find a way to make money while doing something good.”
Expect more to come from these “kids.” Passion Pull has a site in development — PassionPull.tk – and you can follow it on Twitter and Instagram….@PassionPull. Buckle in, folks. This story is just beginning…