The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust

Teen Entrepreneur Program (TEC) at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley Health Network/The Pool Trust was pleased to provide financial support for a progressive student program – The Teen Entrepreneur Program (TEC) – at Penn State Lehigh Valley this year.

The summer 2020 TEC was revamped into a virtual program. TEC is in its fifth year and prides itself on educating, training, and preparing the next generation of innovators for success. Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors learn key strategies for starting a business or business concept, and how to develop an entrepreneurial edge. The program was also sponsored by Bosch Rexroth and Victaulic.

This year, the virtual TEC program introduced students to various public health issues the nation is facing and taught them how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to create business solutions to address these issues. Students completed projects during this program including the creation of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) highlighting a public health concern.

The program, which ran from July 6 to July 16, was an opportunity to get students interested in public health issues and consider future careers in the field. Edward F, Meehan, executive director, The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, served as a program speaker and encouraged the participants to bring their own observations and experiences to the projects.

“Increasingly we understand that health is largely determined by social factors such as education, nutrition, and safe and healthy housing. The Teen Entrepreneur Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for students to think of innovative business solutions to improve public health communication, particularly for people in their neighborhoods and of their age,” Meehan said.

The outcome of the program is six PSAs that give voice to specific topics across public health. The Pool Trust applauds the student participants who focused summer hours in TEC and shares here the completed videos available through Penn State Lehigh Valley’s LaunchBox YouTube channel.

What’s So Bad About Vaping? The VapeBusters

Depression Doesn’t Discriminate: Mental Health Awareness

We Need a Change: Nutrition Options for Low-Income Communities

Make Your Voice Heard: Voting Matters

You are Not Alone: Eating Disorders

It’s Never Worth It: Texting and Driving