I have seen first hand the impact that entrepreneurship-type mentoring programs can have on high school students in Bridgeport, Ct. It never ceases to amaze me how a simple acknowledgement or encouragement of a creative business idea can motivate and empower a student beyond their own wildest expectations. I believe that these types of youth development entrepreneurship programs are a tremendous equalizer in our inner city education systems --- if a young student has a creative business idea and is passionate about it, it doesn't matter what their background is or even what their grades are --- people will listen!!! --- and, who knows, that simple act of listening and acknowledgement might even lead to better grades and new opportunities. (OK, OK, I am jumping down from my soap box now). So, I do all these crazy and insane push-ups because if they can help raise some funds that support programs that I have seen have tremendous results (even if it helps just ONE student along the way), then it is well worth my sore arms and shoulders, and bruised ego when I end up on the bottom of the list of pushers!!! P.S. I also do this because Michael made me do it, and said he wouldn't be my friend unless I did it, and I want to keep him as a friend.....
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The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), a 36-year-old, 501c3 nonprofit organization, is the nation’s largest continuously operating program for K-12 student inventors and entrepreneurs.
100% of the proceeds raised by Push For Entrepreneurship are donated to CIC.
CIC’s mission is to teach students creative problem-solving techniques through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurship, by teachers trained in CIC’s programs. CIC programs have been endorsed by CT’s educational leaders as promoting creativity and critical thinking, and have received prestigious recognition, including trips to the White House Science Fairs.
In Connecticut, more than 17,000 K-12 students in nearly 300 schools annually have CIC classroom-based programs.
Students compete in their schools and winners present their inventions at local and district events and at the state wide convention in May.
Selected state winners advance to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan, in June.
CIC inventors comprises 50% girls and 26% minority students, with program growth focused in under-served school districts.
CIC inventors pursue entrepreneurship through patenting, investment, and commercialization.
Your donation will be used to provide hundreds of Bridgeport, Norwalk, and New Haven K-12 students the opportunity to participate in a program that will change their lives and our futures.
2016 Event Numbers
- 28 Pushers
- $ 29,488.50 Funded