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Entrepreneurship for Parents How do I Raise World-of-Work-Ready Kids?

Learn to "Think Like a Parent and Act Like a Coach"

Powered by the Anzisha Prize and African Leadership Academy, this course draws on a ten-year track record of propelling young people into the future of work.

Course Description

Careers seldom progress in a linear fashion. Yet society imposes this expectation on individuals trying to chart their way through life. As unemployment rates soar, young people require more robust preparation for adulthood. Moreover, many will likely work in roles that do not exist yet. Among the various universal challenges of parenting, this reality compels parents to venture into unfamiliar territory: guiding their children towards secure and fulfilling futures that may not mirror their own experiences. Parents presumably want the best for their children, and unconventional ways to attaining that outcome will heighten their concerns. So, how, then, can parents effectively equip their children to adapt to and thrive in a rapidly changing world of work? 

This online course aims to assuage some of those concerns by providing concrete strategies that you can immediately put into practice. Alongside other parents pondering this issue, you will learn more about the entrepreneurship landscape and build a custom action plan to help you and your child to explore it together. Whatever your child’s aspirations, are you ready for that journey? 

Pay only $10 for a course valued at $500

Course Content

3 Sessions | 10 hours (virtual/online)

Session One, Demystifying Entrepreneurship: In this introduction session, participants will unearth the multifaceted nature of entrepreneurship and explore their own entrepreneurial potential. 

Session Two, Exploring Entrepreneurship as a Career: Using the principles of backward design, participants will map out the practical steps to guide a young person from school into other pathways.

Session Three, Partnering With Your Child: Participants will learn how to implement coaching tools to facilitate exploratory discussions and co-create concrete action steps about careers with their child.

What is included in the course?

Along with interacting with others who have an open mind and a willingness to share their ideas, experiences, and expertise, you will have access to:

Downloadable case studies on succesful parent/child entrepreneurship relationships

A virtual community of parents with similar questions and challenges

A certificate of completion

A free workbook that has the necessary tools to take the lessons learned beyond the course


What will you learn?

Differentiate between entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial mindset for your child

Explore the world of work and where your child fits in

Acquire practical tools and strategies to navigate the entrepreneurship journey with your child

Simulate conditions within your home to enable your child to pursue entrepreneurship

Engage with other parents in a community of practice and empathy

Who is this course designed for?

Parents of teenagers seeking practical tools and strategies to prepare their children for the future of work.

Parents who want to proactively guide their children as they transition out of secondary school.

Parents who want to raise and support their children who are pursuing entrepreneurship.

We use the term “parents” to refer broadly to the caregivers and guardians of young people, as well as their immediate support systems. 


Uzo Agyare-Kumi, Dean of Global Programs and Parents

African Leadership Academy

Uzo Agyare-Kumi joined African Leadership Academy in 2014 as its fourth Dean. She then transitioned into the role of Dean for Global Programs and, in that capacity, established an association to connect parents to ALA and to each other, while building traditions and fostering student and alumni engagement during the years that follow graduation and beyond. As the founding chairperson of the association, Uzo has driven meaningful parent involvement using social media and other engagement activities. Through this active, pan-African community, Uzo has helped parents in the network become better informed, involved, and connected to their children’s future educational and professional success.

Prior to joining ALA, Uzo assumed numerous roles including National Director for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ), project consultant with the Government of Liberia to recruit professionals into key roles within the Civil service, education consultant for the International Finance Corporation, and principal at Tema International School in Ghana.

Uzo Agyare-Kumi



"The issue is parents are still holding onto the fears of their child being without a career or without a focus. The fear is for their children not amounting to anything. The outlier, in this case, is the one that is considered the failure.”


"For my parents, (e-ship) was something for me to pass the time and keep me out of mischief. I do not think they realized they were encouraging my entrepreneurial skills. Perhaps if they did, I might have taken being an entrepreneur more seriously. I wish there were something back then on how to run a business, I might have stayed an entrepreneur.”


"We worry about what will come out of the oven yet we do not invest as much time in preparing the ingredients for the meal. Whatever line or career your child is going to choose, we need to focus on building their value systems, teaching them about courage, the importance of problem-solving etc. If parents spend time building that core and investing in it, we will be less anxious, because we know the kind of person that they will become."


“We sometimes project our own fears on our children. Entrepreneurship can represent fear of the unknown and the lack of a safety net for true success. Most parents who are not keen on entrepreneurship for their children have not experienced entrepreneurship themselves. They cannot see the journey of entrepreneurship and only see the usual jobs available and the consistency of salaries.”