WYCKOFF, N.J. – More than 200 Wyckoff middle-schoolers are preparing to become entrepreneurs.
Wyckoff’s Eisenhower Middle School is taking part in the TREP$ entrepreneurship education program for youth, which teaches children how to start their own businesses.
The students will participate in six weekly workshops to learn about entrepreneurship, money, marketing, advertising and sales. The plan is for them to start their own businesses and sell their products in a public marketplace.
The Eisenhower TREP$ Marketplace will take place from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Eisenhower Middle School. The community is encouraged to attend.
Since TREP$ was launched in 2006, more than 17,000 young people have created their first businesses with the help of their schools and the program. It currently is offered in 80 schools throughout New York and New Jersey, including more than 25 in Bergen and Passaic counties.
In Passaic County, the program is in schools in Wayne, North Haledon, Clifton, Passaic, West Milford, Bloomingdale and Pompton Lakes. In Bergen County, in addition to Wyckoff, it is in schools in Allendale, Fair Lawn, Tenafly, Upper Saddle River, Emerson and Hasbrouck Heights.
Children who already have participated have given the TREP$ rave reviews.
“I didn’t expect so many people to be at the Marketplace,” said Taylor, a student who took part in the program. “I liked when the people first walked up and asked me questions and actually bought my product. They asked me the questions as if I was really a business person.”
Another student, Kelly, said: “When I sold out of my product, I felt great, and I am encouraged to run a business.”