“My entrepreneurship was born out of two things: necessity — because I couldn’t get hired and needed to do something on my own — and passion for my art.” — Bo Daraphant, Fashion Designer
“As undocumented immigrants, many of us have inherited the entrepreneurial spirit, often times not by choice but out of necessity. The art of the #UndocuHustle is being able to recognize the value in opportunities where others do not.” — Zacil (DJ Sizzle) Pech, Artist & CEO
Introduction to the Lesson Plan
In this step-by-step guide you will find:
- Instructions on how to use this lesson plan
- Slide deck presentation template to use during the workshop
- Ice Breaker to lead with your students
- Stories of undocumented entrepreneurs
- Introducing entrepreneurship video
- Developing an entrepreneurship mindset worksheet
- Link to Spark, our expanded entrepreneurship learning hub
Note: This workshop is not intended to answer any questions on ITINs, business entities, permits, or general business formation.
Workshop Audience: Individuals with and without DACA, college students, high school students, and community members
Workshop Level: Beginner, Introductory
Workshop Time: 1 hour
- Introduce entrepreneurship as an income generation option
- Begin brainstorm on entrepreneurial skills and experience
- Provide resources to explore income generation options
Using the Lesson Plan
We have provided everything you need to lead a successful Intro to Entrepreneurship workshop!
The writing in blue boxes are statements you can read aloud to help you introduce a segment.
Follow the guide in the order provided here. Make sure to review and customize the slide deck presentation before starting. Open the links to the video, the Spark website, and the resources beforehand to review them and make sure they’re accessible.
Additional resources to help you prepare (but not necessary to review):
- Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students: How Colleges Can Help
- 5 Tips for Educators to Help Students Get Started as Independent Contractors/Freelancers
- A Guide to Working for Yourself
- FAQ for this presentation
Recommended materials for your students:
- Pen and paper/Word document to take notes or questions
- Google Jamboard to capture ideas or questions
- In case of radio silence, share your own experience or use the “popcorn” method.
- If you have a big group, break them up into smaller groups for more personal conversations.
- Customize the presentation to include your campus/organization branding and resources from your school or community.
Begin Slide Deck Presentation
You can also start the workshop with some introductions to build community and get to know more about who is in the room.
Step 1: Start with an Icebreaker
Estimated time: 15 min
Start the workshop with an icebreaker to help your students get into the “entrepreneurship mindset.” Pick a question (or do both!) and discuss their responses.
- Question 1: What was your first paid or unpaid work experience?
Sample Response: “My mom used to make food and I would help her sell it on the weekends.”
- Question 2: What has been your favorite work experience (paid or unpaid) and why?
After sharing answers, you can also ask students “What stood out to you?” or “What did you notice from our answers?”
- Share your own story or a family member’s story of entrepreneurship to get students talking. Have students share their responses with the group and discuss.
Step 2: Share Examples of the UndocuHustle!
Estimated time: 15 min
Play the UndocuHustle video. Ask your students for their initial reactions and discuss their responses.
Ask students: “What is the wildest (but legal!) business idea you ever had?” Discuss their answers.
Go through the Stories of the #UndocuHustle Video Library OR Spark Entrepreneur Profiles in the presentation. Highlight one or two stories for your students. Discuss any thoughts or reactions to these stories.
Step 3: Introduce Entrepreneurship
Estimated time: 20 min
Show the Introducing Entrepreneurship video and ask your students to share their thoughts or questions on it.
Ask students: “What stood out? Did anything surprise you?” to get some discussion started.
Only answer what you know. Feel free to say that you are not able to answer a question right now, but you will get back to your students. Either consult the resources provided at the beginning of this guide or reach out to our Entrepreneurship Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for answers.
Step 4: Develop an Entrepreneurship Mindset
Estimated time: 10 min
Lead your students through the following questions on transferable skills. If needed, adjust these questions to fit your students.
Start with a question on their experiences. You could link this to the icebreaker.
- What type of work experience do you have (paid or unpaid)?
Sample Response: Helping my parents sell food taught me:
– How to handle cash
– Customer service
- What skills have you acquired from the classes you’ve taken?
Sample Response: In class I’ve learned:
– Voter outreach strategies
– How to gather and understand data
– Working with Excel sheets
- What do you enjoy doing for fun? What are you passionate about? (Can you turn this into a side hustle?)
– Creating my own jewelry
– Transforming old furniture
Share the Independent Contractor Brainstorming Worksheet after discussing the answers to the questions above.
- Check out this video to see how this portion can be facilitated.
- You can also have students write down their answers on paper or in a Google Jamboard before discussing them.
This worksheet is one of many, there’s more information on the Spark Entrepreneurship Hub. If students feel ready, have them create an account. Some of the questions on the hub will be ones you have already covered.
This guide was developed by Gladys Castro and Madeleine Villanueva at Immigrants Rising.
Released 5/2022. Immigrants Rising helps you make decisions based on your potential, not your perceived limits. Visit our website so you can see what’s possible: immigrantsrising.org. For inquiries regarding this resource, please contact Madeleine Villanueva, Higher Education Manager, at email@example.com.Back to Resources