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Idea Academy


Imagine what you could do. Imagine who you could be. 

The James J. Hill Center believes in the intersection of education and entrepreneurship and assists youth in exploring it as a viable career, connecting them to new skills, business professionals and providing mentorship.

Idea Academy’s mission is to support the next generation of Original Thinkers by exposing them to new ideas, exploring new ways of thinking and encouraging them to dream big.

The program is designed to equip youth with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to thrive in today’s world by laying the groundwork for the development of hard and soft skills needed to succeed in business.

Idea Academy is open to students in grades 6 to 12 who want to explore, ideate and take risks.

Scholarships are available click here to be directed to application.


Idea Academy: Field Trip
Explore the exciting and innovative world of entrepreneurship through this interactive educational tour of the historic James J. Hill Center.
Age: Entering grades 6 to 12 (max group 30)
120 minutes
Cost: $12 per student (min. $120)
Contact: info@jjhill.org for details and availability

Idea Academy: Camp Original Thinker
Are you a maker or a doer? Do you have great ideas? Come learn how to  discover solutions, build concepts and pitch creative solutions to real-life problems. Lunch provided.
Age: Entering grades 6 to 8
Check back for summer 2019 dates
Time: 8:30AM – 4:00PM
Cost: $250 per students (limited scholarships are available)

Idea Academy: Camp Dream Builder
Do you want to create your own solutions, invent something new or open your own business.  Work with us to build your dream into action. Ideate, discover, build and pitch with creative innovators and entrepreneurs. Lunch provided.
Age: Entering grades 9 to 12
Check back for summer 2019 dates
Time: 8:30AM – 4:00PM
Cost: $250 per students (limited scholarships are available)

Additional Camp Details:
Curbside drop off and pickup (exception on day #1).
A healthy lunch provided daily.
Each student will receive a camp t-shirt.
Student teacher ratio for each camp will be 1 to 10.
Limited scholarships available click here for application.
A finale pitch presentation for friends and family on the last day of camp.

Registration for Idea Academy Summer Camp opens winter 2019.

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Patrons with accessibility needs please access our ground floor elevator entrance via Kellogg Ave at the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell on the right hand side of door and a Hill staff member will assist you. If you have questions or concerns please call 651.265.5500. We look forward to having you visit.

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