About The Program

In November 2016, Linda had a big idea to start a summer program for under-resourced, urban, middle and high school students focused on entrepreneurship, environmental conservation, personal leadership, and community service. She titled it GEN2050. Some people were skeptical when she described the program concept to them. Some even wondered out loud if the program was too ambitious and too intense for the targeted youth. Their skepticism made her more determined to find a way for her idea to come to life.

With the help of some good friends, collaborative partners, and funding from The Children’s Trust, GEN2050 began on June 5, 2017 with a cohort of 50 middle and high school students. Over a seven week period, GEN2050 youth began building skills in:

  1. Entrepreneurship – GEN2050 youth are learning entrepreneurship skills and developing their own business plan utilizing The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s curriculum.
  2. Self-Leadership – GEN2050 youth learned how to avoid at-risk behaviors that could endanger their health and their future plans from Plan_Be program staff.
  3. Urban Gardening & Urban Beekeeping – They learned the basic sciences behind urban gardening and urban beekeeping, and how our actions are intersecting with global environmental conservation efforts. They put their learning into practice in Trinity Church’s Urban Garden and at Patch of Heaven Sanctuary in Redland, Florida.
  4. Mindfulness – Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Neighborhood HELP program taught the students mindfulness practices to enhance their capacity to focus, as well as practice gratitude and compassion.

Momentum from the summer camp has inspired a year-round program with the first group of alumni.

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To learn more about Gen2050 projects, please send an email to linda@gen2050.com. Use the form below and we’ll keep you up to date on the latest Gen2050 news and projects.

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