School of Young Entrepreneurs
School of Young Entrepreneurs
At SYE—School of Young Entrepreneurs, teens learn how to cultivate entrepreneurial sensibilities and skills at an early age, learn to map their career paths, develop capacity and thinking skills for dealing with challenges, and prepare for leading a powerful and purposeful life.
The world we live in is becoming increasingly complex and not easy to navigate using the guidance systems and education developed in the last century.
In this new age of networks, winners and losers are no longer determined by the certificates you hold, but your ability to make powerful assessments about what matters and what should be ignored, and dynamically shift and correct your course as you face challenges.
There are more choices available to young people for careers, work, and money than ever before. But to create a satisfying life—a life of service and power, one must possess the capacity to sense opportunity and take action to realize it. We call these kinds of capacities, entrepreneurial skills, and sensibilities. The kind of entrepreneurs we are talking about is not the ones who simply chase money for the sake of money, but of someone who sees entrepreneurship as a domain of bringing important new changes in the worlds, we inhabit.
With the right kind of mentoring, these entrepreneurial skills and sensibilities could be cultivated, and more easily at a younger age. Unfortunately, traditional career counselors and school teachers are still working from old manuals.
Consequently, guidance from these traditional counselors fails to satisfy the concerns young people have today about how they can express themselves in their career choices and realize their full potential. Many find themselves helpless and have nowhere to turn to seek proper guidance.
I personally and repeatedly saw these failures in the lives of many young people that I came across and experienced their frustrations and dissatisfaction grow with schools and commonly available guidance systems. Addictions to entertainment, social media, and drugs, and rising depression levels are consequences of these breakdowns.
This moved me to study carefully and learn how to help others with their careers. To succeed in the time that is fast approaching, and to build satisfying careers, young people must learn to think dynamically, and not with stuck and old formulas.
The old model of schooling and colleges is not working, and young people are beginning to realize this. This does not mean you should abandon school, but rather learn to use the resources and institutions in such a way so they become a source of power and not a burden.
Millennials are sharper, more aware, and more knowledgeable than any generation before. Many are sick and tired of “command and control” type instructional and career-building mechanisms invented for the 20th century.
Young people today want to have a deeper connection with their career and future jobs. Some even want to start their own businesses during or shortly after high school and choose entrepreneurship as a way of life. Young people today want to have careers where they earn well while taking care of others and making a strong positive contribution to society. But the schools are not preparing them for this new way of being.
Over time I met other people who share my concerns about the future of young people. Together we helped countless young people identify career maps and take action towards creating powerful lives. Early successes and the urgency of the matter further has motivated us to establish the School of Young Entrepreneurs (SYE). At SYE we help young people become responsible and active designers of their own careers and lives.
At SYE, we teach young people how to think entrepreneurially, deal with difficult life circumstances, and make powerful choices about their futures and career. Here, you are encouraged to bring forward your most difficult questions about career and life. In conversations with me, you will observe the world from a new perspective and learn how to think and assess various career paths and choices and create a dynamic map for the next 5-10 years of your life.
The curriculum includes reading, writing, listening, observational, and conversational exercises, and is customized for each young person. We will meet as a group for 1.5 hours every day of the week. You will also have the opportunity to speak with me on a 1:1 basis after each session.
The availability is limited so register asap if you want to take the program to learn how to think and move dynamically like an entrepreneur about your career and life. The skills you will learn here will be with you for the rest of your life. We will start with an interesting book “Javi’s Manual” by Maria Lettlier Flores, where young people find themselves in challenging situations and learn to deal with them.
I look forward to seeing you in the program.
6th grade-12th grade (12 years old - 18 years old) (exception available)
Join In-person (Greater Seattle area location) or by Zoom. We meet once a week for a 2-3 hours session.
Held in public or private spaces. Exact location and time (Eastside in the Greater Seattle Area) will be sent upon registration.
Small group and individualized growth curriculum
Will have guest speakers and mentors
Coursework will include: Books, articles, videos, films, exercises at home, and writing
Help young people “stay alive” through school
On-going projects and activities.
Course organized monthly by topics, students can come and go whenever they want. If you miss a session, do not worry. We will revisit it down the road.
Open enrollment. Join SYE at any time. No long term obligation. We recommend committing for at-least 3 months to see initial results.
Cost $350 per month.
Need based scholarships are available. Request a scholarship by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief note about your situation and why you’d like to join SYE.
Topics covered @ SYE
Topic 1: Designing Life as a Work of Art
Topic 2: Waking up to Monstrosities
Topic 3: Ontology of Power
Topic 4: Architecture of Society
Topic 5: Navigating in Technology
Topic 6: Negotiation, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Conversations, Writing, and Listening Skills
Topic 7: Mind Focus Training
Topic 8: Caring for Our Common Mother
Topic 9: Learning to Learn and Navigation of Moods
Topic 10: Designing your Manifesto
Topic 11: Becoming a Legend
Topic 12: Capstone Project
Topic 13: Advanced Communication Skills
Topic 13: Startups, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
Topic 14: Learning to Study Philosophy (Ancient and Modern, East and West)
Topic 15: Art, Film, and Poetry
Topic 16: Meaning of Family (Local and Global Families)
Topic 17: Operating Systems of Economies (Capitalism, Socialism, & Democracy)
Topic 18: Preparing to Get a Job or Start a Business
Safety and Privacy of Young People
The safety and privacy of young people is a much required foundation for creating a nourishing foundation. And it is of paramount importance to me and my staff here at Conceivian. We promise to treat all young people like we would our own children, with dignity, and respect and take all necessary precautions to ensure an environment of trust and optimal growth. If you have any concern or question, do not hesitate to get in touch with me via email@example.com.
Born in Pakistan, I self-taught computer technology and started my first business at the age of 18, which partially financed my travel expenses to the United States. I arrived in the US with no prior ability to speak English and just enough money to survive for the first few months. I then traveled from state to state, faced and dealt with difficulties, and found opportunities.
Earlier in my career, I worked for Microsoft in key technical and management roles. I later went on to found Metafos Inc., aimed at revolutionizing the online payment systems. I founded Conceivian, a startup accelerator, widely recognized for helping develop over a dozen tech startups in Seattle and Silicon Valley. I also co-founded Harvester Academy and Mobiliz Network with Chauncey Bell to help consultants and coaches build successful careers.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Minnesota State University and have completed an advanced program in innovation and entrepreneurship, Dwelling, with Pluralistic Networks in Berkley, California. I am a voracious reader and an avid tinkerer and am personally and professionally committed to designing, building, and helping run businesses where I see a convergence of social and economic interests.
In the process of living an entrepreneurial life, I enjoyed many successes, suffered failures, and studied eastern and western philosophies to make sense of it all.
I am deeply passionate about helping the younger generations build great careers and cultivate skills for navigating effectively in the 21st century.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or concerns.