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Forward Thinking Initiatives’s Youth ART-repreneurship is back at the St. Pete Greenhouse with:

The Digital Entrepreneur
Podcasting journalism for students in 5th-12th grades
An After School Program Beginning January 15th, 2015

Tampa Bay teens come together to learn podcasting and develop an awareness of the opportunities to start their own business in internet radio. By the end of the program, they will create a pre-recorded podcast that will be featured on the Life Improvement Radio podcast site.

Students will learn:

Digital Storytelling
Interviewing techniques
How to be a radio host
How to create a presence for their show through social media
How to earn money from podcast programming

When: This 6 week program runs from Thursday, January 15th – February 26th, after school from 5pm-6:30. Class will not meet February 19. Snacks provided.

Where: St. Pete Greenhouse 440 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Cost: $150.

Register on line: http://stpetegreenhouse.org/DigitalEntrepreneurFTI

*Limited number of needs-based scholarships available. For more information, please contact Deb Campbell. *

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The Greenhouse
440 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL
United States
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Start Date: January 15, 2015
End Date: February 26, 2015
Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 6:30 pm
Price: $150.00



Forward Thinking Initiatives (FTI), a Tampa Bay non-profit that has been teaching youth entrepreneurship for nine years, is partnering with The St. Petersburg Greenhouse to help
foster youth entrepreneurship in the community. FTI and the Greenhouse are set to launch the first, youth entrepreneurship academy program on February 17, 2014.


The kick-off program will be ART-repreneurship. When you
are working in the arts, it’s not always apparent that YOU are the product you have to sell.  If you want to be a fine artist, designer, dancer, musician or actor you must also have the business skills to promote your own work.  This program is designed to help teens who aspire to become artists, back up their artistic abilities with business skills
that will support their passion.


What students will learn:

How to launch your own business in the arts

Website development for artists

How to market yourself/your portfolio/your product for school or career

Understand if your idea is a real opportunity?

Meet professional artists/entrepreneurs and learn how they got their start.

How galleries select their artists

Career opportunities in the arts


Cost: $260 for the full program

Dates: Monday, February 17 – March 27, 2014

Time: Kick Off from 1-3 pm (President’s Day) and all other days  4:30 – 5:30 pm

Locations: (various locations see registration link for details)

To Register: http://stpetegreenhouse.org/youthART-repreneurship

Contact Debra Campbell for a class schedule at 813 760-7860 or email dcampbell@forwardthinkinginitiatives.com


ART-repreneurship Class Schedule

Class 1   Kick Off    Monday,  February 17,  1:00 – 3:00 pm.

At Creative Clay Studio, 1124 Central Ave. St Petersburg


1.     Introduction to all the young artists

2.     How to come up with a business idea

3.     Create a company from soup to nuts.  Students develop a wearable art product, or other creative arts concept to form a company  (complete with pricing and marketing strategy).

Class 2   Thursday, February 20,  4:30 – 5:30  pm.

At the Greenhouse, 440  2nd Ave. N. St Petersburg

1.     Discussion about what is an entrepreneur.

2.     Create a “pitch” that can be used as a resume (creative resumes, videos)

3.     Interviewing for a job in the arts



Class 3   Thursday, February 27, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

At the Greenhouse, 440 2nd Ave. N. St Petersburg


1.     How to spot an opportunity.

2.     Packaging your portfolio

3.     Panel of artists talk about how they market and sell their work



Class 4   Thursday, March 6, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

At the Morean Art Center and Florida Craftsman Galleries  (Meet at the Morean promptly at 4:30 )   501 Central Ave. St Petersburg


1.     Meet the Executive Director and Gallery Manager of a top St. Pete gallery.

2.     Learn about art trends, how to sell art and how a gallery operates

3.     Tour the Art Loft and see 18 artist studios



Class 5   Thursday, March 13, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

At St Pete College (downtown campus) 244 2nd Avenue N. St.     Petersburg

1.     Artist Website Development


Class 6   Thursday, March 20, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

At St Pete College (downtown campus) 244 2nd Avenue N. St.     Petersburg


1.     Artist Website Development

2.     Artist panel talk about marketing themselves and career skills


Class 7  Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

At St Pete Opera Company,  2145 1st Ave. S.

1.     See theater management up close

2.     Q & A with professionals in the performing arts


After School and In School Programs

Forward Thinking Initiatives school programs are modular and can be presented to fit a typical class period or can also be offered in a two hour time frame.

Typical after school programs are run in 10 or 20 week segments.   We believe that after school time is an effective way to reach students as they are more relaxed and receptive to learning new skills.

Topics include how to write a business plan, financial literacy/consumer math, negotiation skills, leadership skills, how to start a company, social entrepreneurship, and product development.

We have served at-risk teens, gifted and international populations. Some of our  graduates have been interviewed on television after having implemented their original business plan.

Forward Thinking Initiatives strives to develop a more competitive emerging workforce by providing programs with a focus on youth entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership.  For more information about our programs, you can email us at: Campbell@forwardthinkinginitiatives.com or by phone at: 813 760-7860.