Saturday, September 01, 2007

2007 Youth Entrepreneurship Conference

The Prevention Force Family Center Teen In Business youth team attended the 2007 Youth Entrepreneurship Conference in May 2007. The youth team includes Kevin Stringer, Reynaldo Barney and Michael Willis. Also, Mrs. Sandra Glenn, Executive Director of Prevention Force Family Center attended the conference with the team.

The 2007 Youth Entrepreneurship Conference provides youth the opportunity to explore the field of entrepreneurship by participating in the business skills workshops, a youth business expo, and business competitions. The youth networked with other young entrepreneurs and adults from other areas such as Atlanta, Georgia, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Dallas, Texas, as well as Chicago. The youth received entrepreneurial and business resources from the college and university representatives. Theywere able to speak with representatives of the entertainment, technology, clothing, restaurant and service industries.

The youth team went beyond the goals of the program, and accomplished so much in the program. Michael entered into the Jump start Grant Competition at the conference and won a grant for his business ideas to start a football program for younger children. With that grant, he incorporated the Chargers Football League nonprofit organization. Michael has 20 youngsters enrolled in the Chargers Football summer camp. He also held his first board meeting in June 2007.

Kevin applied for the Children Youth Services Mini Summer Grant to teach younger children hip hop dancing in the North Lawndale community. He received the grant and is teaching ten youths hip hop dance routines to perform at the Hip Hop Talent/Fashion Show and the Youth Summer Business Camp Luncheon. Reynaldo is starting a DJ business in the North Lawndale area.

In addition, the TIB team created a Video of the 2007 Youth Entrepreneurship Conference and presented it at local youth organizations in the North Lawndale community.xemmlvs

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