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  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and of his family, including water, food, clothing, housing and medical care.
  2. There are individuals in many nations throughout the world that do not enjoy these rights because of the limited availability of employment.
  3. This job shortage is caused in part by a lack of nationwide companies, an abundance of young people entering the job market, and preferential treatment by the majority of employers toward certain classes of people, certain families, and certain ethnic and religious backgrounds.
  4.  Many microenterprisers in underdeveloped countries are forced to start businesses because of this job shortage. These microenterprisers are sometimes called necessity entrepreneurs. Without training, their learning curves are very steep and painful, and often lead to disappointment and failure.
  5. The best way to help men and women living in underdeveloped countries prosper is to teach them how to create their own jobs through entrepreneurship.
  6. We believe in self-reliance. Through understanding the value, desirability, and attainability of self-reliance, our students are motivated and taught how to provide for the needs of their families, fulfill their callings in the Church, stay in their home countries, and strengthen their communities.
  7. Self-reliance is fostered when students are responsible to pay some portion of the cost to attend The Academy.
  8. All participants must be taught the Culture of Success, which is best understood and taught through the adoption of the 25 rules of thumb listed in the four volumes of “Where There Are No Jobs” curriculum.
  9. An essential part of entrepreneurial training is to immediately involve the students in an Income Generating Activity that serves to change their mindset regarding increasing one’s financial status or becoming “profitable servants” as taught in the parable of the talents. We teach the Culture of Success within the Gospel culture.
  10. Local entrepreneurs should be invited to teach and mentor in the classroom and at chapter/learning centers.
  11. Whenever possible, residential students should have the blessing of attending weekly, 90-minute institute classes taught by trained CES personnel. Each day starts with a prayer and scripture study.
  12. Individual members of the LDS Church have a responsibility to help fellow members “prosper in the land” as promised in the Book of Mormon.
  13. Returned missionaries make the best students of entrepreneurship because of the skills they spent 18-24 months developing on their missions. These mission-acquired skills include planning, goal setting, time management, “sales” techniques, communication skills, and the value of a strong moral ethic. The Academy therefore seeks to train returned missionaries first, then Church members who have small businesses, and finally the general public.
  14. LDS Employment Resource Centers are excellent referral sources as well as facilities for trainings and chapter/learning center meetings.
  15. Local leadership is essential to continual success. A local, in-country staff should be hired, paid and managed in order to keep consistency in the training and support groups. They will be supported and managed by The Called2Serve Foundation, a 501(c)(3) headquartered in Provo, Utah.
  16. When the students return home from the Academy, they should teach others in their community the basic business skills they learned, like the 25 rules of thumb.  
  17. The Academy believes that some graduates should participate in an internship program either as experience providers or as interns.
  18. In order to enable Academy alumni to have optimal opportunities to succeed, local chapters/learning centers should be established. These chapters will evolve into support and learning centers where basic training, advanced training and mentoring sessions will be held regularly.
  19. Alumni should be recognized for their individual successes and should celebrate together in Entrepreneurial Academy Awards to be held every other year.  The Yamagata Foundation and BYU Hawaii have sponsored these celebrations.
  20. The Academy founders, without question, believe that they have repeatedly seen the hand of the Lord in this work.  They feel called and sustained by His mercy, love and blessings.