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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A new school, set to open in Rockford this Fall, is teaching kids the skills they need to run their own companies.

“They may not come in as an entrepreneur, but one of the requirements is: every child starts a small business, has to make money, regardless of if you’re in kindergarten or a senior in high school,” said Brother Henry McDavid, Founder and Executive Administrator of KIKIFERS Entrepreneurial Academy.

KIKIFERS is a private school, located in the upper floor of 3424 North Main Street, focused on teaching students the skills to establish and grow their own companies.

“Being able to have that mindset at a young age and growing in to it can literally change the conditions of some communities,” McDavid said. “You can eradicate drugs, maybe not fully, but you can eliminate or lower drugs, drug use, drug abuse, and the results of drugs. You can greatly affect [that] if you have more businesses.”

McDavid hopes the students will step forward into ownership roles and become a resource for the community.

“In your economic solution, you have to have people in control of your own destiny,” he said. “You have to have people who can create jobs, who can sustain jobs and create a reality for other people.”

Kevin Robinson, father of a 4th grade student, says the class offers “a head start, as to thinking like a boss, instead of saying, ‘Hey! I have to get a job and I’m going to be this or that.’ Instead, it’s, ‘Why don’t you be an entrepreneur?'”

Robinson says he chose the school as an investment in his son’s future.

“You’re actually investing in yourself. You’re working on yourself, just how you invest in yourself. You learn a trade or you learn something and you go to work,” he said. “Entrepreneurship is kind of like the same way, but you’re in control, that creative control.”

Not only will the students become CEO’s of their own company during the classes, but they’ll be able to add “published author” to their resumes before graduating.

As part of the curriculum, students will be required to write a book on their business.

A fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, September 1st, to be held at the school to help alleviate the costs of tuition for parents.

Enrollment for KIKIFERS is open to K-12th grades. For more information, contact kikifersacademy@gmail.com or Sister Keishonda McDavid at 313-657-3548.

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