The Minnesota Daily featured Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota where 60 percent of youth participants go on to higher education.

By Amanda Bankston
Minnesota Daily

Last summer, Immanuel Jones walked through the doors of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management as a shy 16-year-old struggling at Wayzata High School.

This summer, he entered those same doors as a small business owner and CEO.

The Wayzata, Minn., senior markets his own small-scale farm and community garden called EcoCity, which he founded last summer.

Though becoming a businessman was something he said he always dreamed and prayed about, he attributes his success to the Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota summer program he participated in last year.

"The people around you determine who you are and who you become," he said, fiddling with his first batch of business cards. "I found real people at JEM: mentors."

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