Youth Empowerment Program

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Supporting young people (high school age) to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed is our aim.

We believe that all young people, including the most marginalized and disadvantaged, can unlock their potential and build a bold future through education, entrepreneurship and employment.

Our Youth Program will expose minority youth to financial literacy, entrepreneurship and college planning resources.


9:30 – 10:00 am: Registration
10:00 – 11:30 am: Youth Session 1
YouthBiz Idea Generation and Prototyping
This workshop provides youth with the primary concepts and vocabulary around entrepreneurship as a viable career option.  Participants will analyze their interests, passions, skills, and unique opportunities to generate a meaningful business idea for their own enterprise.  Once participants have their idea, they will develop focus group questions around their idea in an effort to gauge consumer interest.  Students will then modify their business idea based on peer feedback and begin prototyping process, creating models of their business idea, culminating in a brief pitch presentation to celebrate the work of each individual.
Students will be able to…
  • Utilize skills, interests, and identified problems to generate business idea.
  • Generate focus group questions about business idea to ask peers.
  • Analyze peer feedback to develop best possible business idea.
  • Transform their business idea into a physical representation.
  • Deliver their business idea pitches in front of the group.
12 noon – 1:45 pm: Luncheon
2:15 – 3:15 pm: Youth Session 2
Achieve Your Financial Goals:  Learn the basics of budgeting, saving and conquering your credit 
This workshop is designed for both Parent and Child to attend.
Pt. 1:  Saving and Setting Personal Finance Goals:
This workshop teaches parents and their children budgeting and saving account basics, how to set personal financial goals and learn how to stick with them. The workbook also includes a Sample Budget Worksheet so individuals can plug in their personal expenses and discover areas to cut back on spending and save money.

Pt. 2:  Exploring the ways credit plays a role in your life. In this module, participants will learn what a FICO score is, how to establish a solid credit history, what to do when good credit turns bad and how to avoid identity theft.

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Youth Session 3
Proven Methods for Scholarship Success
This workshop is designed for both Parent and Child to attend.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Preparing to apply for Scholarships
  • Requesting College & Scholarship Recommendations
  • Building Student Portfolio for Scholarship Award
  • Organizational tools for success with Scholarship Application
  • Identifying scholarships that target the student’s qualities to ensure success