ECIER Foundation Offers Three Programs – Gary Scholars Innovators and Entrepreneurs, Future Leaders and Alumni.
- Future Leaders – is geared towards middle school students to be empowered on how to become innovators and entrepreneurs at an early age. Students are taught to design a vision board and to review it daily on how they hope their life will be in the future. The vision board will stimulate the students in their areas of interest and taught financial literacy.
- Gary Scholars, Innovators and Entrepreneurs – high school students are required to attend workshops to learn innovation & entrepreneurship, meet with entrepreneurs, visit the location of the entrepreneur, provide an essay, read a book and provide community service. After the program students become eligible to receive a scholarship to attend a college or the University of their Choice.
- Alumni Program – students attending college and those who have graduated from college become mentors to the current ECIER middle school and high school students. They become guest speakers for the foundation, provide networking resources, assist with social media, and share their successes and challenges in college and their entrepreneurial business.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, visited Gary, IN to help generate funding for Gary schools. Three of ECIER Foundation students won an innovation contest a week prior to Magic’s visit. While in town he congratulated the students on becoming winners.
Mrs. Michelle Obama, gifted 50 tickets for students and chaperones to attend her first book tour stop where she was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in Chicago, IL at the United Center. Student winners were surprised by ECIER Board of Directors when the learned of the special field trip in route. They received a second surprise when several Chicago television stations and newspapers were on hand to interview them about the trip.