I know what you’re thinking – another “entrepreneurship program, huh?”
How can entrepreneurship be taught in a classroom? But this isn’t at all what you’re thinking.
Corner To Corner is an organization that is bringing the Nashville community together, and working to enhance already thriving “side hustles” and turn them into businesses that are growing by 20-30% each year, resulting in real income support for families.
The proof is in the results. Corner to Corner has already “graduated” nearly 40 entrepreneurs (with 40 more scheduled for this spring), who already had a passion and a vision and were making money on the side with their ideas. Now, they have a team around them, a larger network of support, a more air-tight business playbook, and are generating far more money than they were before the program.
That, my friends, is a real entrepreneurship program. As a businessman, I’m pumped out this.
But that’s not all Corner To Corner is doing. I sat down with their Co-Founder, Will Acuff at their office in the McGruder Family Resource Center in Nashville for a tour and an episode of my podcast, and here is what I learned.
Corner to Corner is helping the youth skip the school to prison pipeline via their after school education program, focusing on reading, tutoring and baking.
According to Acuff, reading is the biggest predictor of the school to prison outcome.
A lot of the kids Corner To Corner works with have working parents, often working multiple jobs, so the baking program helps them become more well-rounded in the kitchen and not just using the microwave.
Another huge part of the education program is what Will calls “sneaky math skills,” and I can attest to these skills being extremely important to building businesses.
Will is also very excited about a new video program for the kids launching this summer. And quite frankly, this is where I get even more excited too.