The Dope Project (TDP) was founded in 2013 by Fred Walker, a successful entrepreneur who grew up in the inner city of Flint, Michigan. Walker graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree and went on to work for several Fortune 500 Companies. In 2006, Walker left his corporate job to pursue entrepreneurial interests ranging from technology, real estate, food/service and retail. After spending his time speaking with and mentoring young adults he saw a need to create a program that would teach them business and life skills. Hence, The Dope Project (TDP) was created.
The goal of TDP is to teach today's youth how to be business leaders of tomorrow. TDP is not a boring lecture, or a traditional class taught from textbooks. Instead, TDP allows the students to interact with business leaders and professionals as if they are in the real workplace. TDP incorporates fun workshops, projects and internships led by a network of young professional business leaders to instill life, business and leadership skills. Each workshop introduces the students to guest speakers who are business leaders in the community. The students become exposed to various career options and have a Q & A session afterwards. Each guest speaker shares their unique story of how they got started, struggles that have had to overcome and some insight and advice on school, work and life.
As unconventional as these workshops may seem, they require the students to use lessons taught in the classroom such as math, reading and writing. Additionally, practical skills such as speech, time management, teamwork, leadership, and planning will be put to the test. Each student will complete our program with a sense of pride at what they have accomplished and invaluable knowledge that will aide them in every aspect of their life. Here at TDP we believe in helping our youth earn their rewards through commitment and hard work. No hand outs. After all, life isn't about hand outs its about believing in yourself and pushing forward to the next level.
Each workshop is a six week program with no more than 15 students. The workshops will have prerequisites such as age/grade level, etc which will be defined in each workshop information packet.
The Business Workshop series is offered at no cost to the student. For additional information on upcoming workshop dates and locations please subscribe to our email list.