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c.e.n.t.s
academy

Cultivating Entrepreneurs & Normalizing Teens' Savings.
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We cultivate the b.e.s.t students!

Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Side Hustlers, and Teenocomy Students. 

8 Cents in a Jar proudly announces its recent project, C.E.N.T.S Academy. Under our Orlando Saves program, we aim to cultivate various entrepreneurship projects and provide opportunities for students to normalize the importance of saving to build wealth. 

Students between the ages of 8-18 can participate in multiple cohorts that accelerate their current business model or incubation idea to ensure meaningful purpose, maximum profits, and scalability through economic and financial operations. As students progress through each learning project, they will discover the parallels between business ownership, financial literacy, career development, and the opportunity to generate earnings by growing their thriving business.

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Business Owners

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Entreprenuers

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Side Hustlers

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Teenocomy*

Nomination Form
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C.E.N.T.S Academy Cohort 1:


teencomy

(Teens + Tech Entrepreneurship Economics)

Meet Justice Thomas and learn about her side hustle venture as a honor student at Jones High School.

In partnership with Helium Learning, our 10-week foundational course in entrepreneurship teaches students the basics of thinking like an entrepreneur, strategies, and tactics to create a viable e-commerce business venture. Participants will complete ten modules, from concept to creating an e-commerce store using the Shopify platform. At the end of the cohort, students will receive the following:

  • Access to a virtual course platform access and eight live sessions.

  • Certificate of achievement and path to create a Shopify store.

  • Mentorship with experienced business professionals.

  • Weekly chances to earn micro business stipends.

  • Projected management and critical thinking skills.

  • Soft skills that will ensure our young entrepreneurs' success.

Cohort Criteria

  • Open to middle and high school students who complete a form and are accepted into the program. Students must reside in Orange County, FL; 8 Cents in a Jar program stakeholders will receive first priority.

  • The cohort runs for ten weeks (April 29, 2023 - July 1, 2023) and is 100% virtual, with orientation on April 25, 2023, at 6:30 PM EST. Learning sessions will be held on Saturdays at 10:30 AM.

  • To remain active and qualify for micro-business stipends, students must participate in the live sessions at least 80% of the time and execute learning plans. 

  • We will do our best to accommodate all students interested in the program—Email best@8cents.org for any questions.  

Summer is coming, and you don't have a job and need money. 8 Cents in a Jar is here to the rescue and wants to help you turn your idle summertime into a profitable side hustle and increase your saving opportunities. At the end of the summer sessions, students will have started one side hustle project and participated in our summer savings challenge to win a savings match of up to $580.00

Cohort Criteria

  • Open to middle and high school students who complete a form and are accepted into the program. Students must reside in Orange County, FL; 8 Cents in a Jar program stakeholders will receive first priority.

  • The cohort runs from June 5, 2023 – August 4, 2023, and is a hybrid of virtual and in-person sessions. Learning sessions will be held on Thursdays at 6:30 PM.

  • To remain active and qualify for micro-business stipends, students must participate in the live sessions at least 80% of the time and execute summer plans. 

  • We will do our best to accommodate all students interested in the program—Email best@8cents.org for any questions.  

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C.E.N.T.S Academy Cohort 2:

side hustle-summer savings

Additional cohorts will be announced May and June 2023. Email best@8cents.org for additional questions.

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