E.C.A.M. Academy

E.C.A.M. Academy is Follow Your Dreams MD’s central program. Through this program, our staff aims to teach young people in the community Entrepreneurship, Chess, Art, and Music (E.C.A.M.). The following is a brief description of each element of E.C.A.M.:

 

Entrepreneurship – Our staff will teach participants the basics of economics (how money works), how to start a small business using the skills they already have, and how to maintain the business over an extended period of time. In addition, young people will be encouraged to learn and develop new skills to start new businesses or expand an existing business. The following is a list of skills youth participants will acquire:

  • Budgeting/Money Management
  • Business Administration
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Planning

 

Chess – Our staff will teach participants the art of playing chess as a means of developing critical thinking and strategic planning as skills utilized in their everyday lives. The following is a list of skills youth participants will acquire:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Long-Term Planning
  • Decision Making

 

Art – Our staff will teach participants to express themselves via artistic creations as a deterrent to violent self-expression. The following is a list of skills youth participants will acquire:

  • Basic Art Skills
  • Craft Creation
  • Computer-Based Graphic Design
  • Anger Management
  • Strategic Planning

 

Music – Our staff will teach participants how to create lyrics for songs and poems as a deterrent to violent self-expression. The following is a list of skills youth participants will acquire:

  • Song Formation
  • Poem Formation
  • Grammar
  • Sound Engineering
  • Public Speaking
  • Anger Management