On a mission to recruit young entrepreneurs, Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton visited HCHS on Tuesday speaking to dual credit students as well as those currently enrolled in the Clinton-Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. Hampton is spearheading the effort to promote a budding scholarship program aimed at inspiring young people to generate ideas for new start-up businesses. During her visit, students learned the basic guidelines for competing in the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge and Hampton encouraged students to participate by submitting innovative ideas for new products and services. Hampton asserted that young people “bring a fresh set of eyes” to current issues which can help spawn new business ventures.
Along with promoting this unique opportunity, Hampton, who grew up impoverished in an inner-city single-parent home, shared some of her background with the students and encouraged them not to underestimate themselves. Being one of the first in her family to go to college, Hampton stated, “If anyone had told me back then that I would be serving today as a Lieutenant Governor, I would not have believed them.” Using herself as an example, to her young audience, Hampton stressed, “You can do more than you think you can. You really can.”
The Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge is open to any Kentucky youth in grades 9-12, and the deadline to submit the Intent to Compete is February 1. For more information, visit www.kylgec.com.