Program Goals and Objectives:
Fresno, a traditionally agribusiness based economy, has had record unemployment rates in double digits consistently for over a decade and is often more than double the state unemployment rate. Low-income youth in Fresno lack exposure to the work world and need basic knowledge of what is required for them to become employment ready. Many youth have very limited knowledge about the opportunities that are available to them. Furthermore, many students lack basic information about the skills required to compete successfully in our 21st century economy.
Entrepreneurship empowers young people to build a vision for the future. Youth will explore new opportunities, and explore career and educational aspirations, leaving with the skills, understanding and interest to be successful in employment and entrepreneurship.
This will be accomplished through building basic employment and interpersonal skills, career exploration and preparation, training in finance and budgeting, business plan development, enhanced computer and multimedia skills, leadership skills, job shadowing and internship opportunities providing monitored opportunities to build relationships and connections with local employers.
Objectives of WYE are to:
WYE Program Curriculum
This will be accomplished through a variety of activities including (but not limited to) instructional sessions on resume writing, interactive multi-media instruction on Microsoft Office XP, interpersonal skill development utilizing a variety of curriculum, financial literacy instruction and exposure to local successful business owners.
WYE offers a series of 1-hour training modules and micro teaching practice sessions as an introduction to Enterprise. This is done on a rolling program basis to allow participants to join at any time. Topics covered in each session are:
Where & How
Schools play an important role in developing life long skills and the future of young people. We partner with schools to introduce and create an awareness of enterprise and entrepreneurship by providing resources and training that will engage students/pupils and challenge their attitudes, ideas and perceptions about business.
Our program consists of a weekend orientation, 14 seminar days, and graduation. Each seminar day focuses on a major area of enterprise development and explores issues of leadership within the context of that subject. The goal of each day is to open the minds of participants to the viewpoints that surround each issue and enable young people to become more visionary leaders.
World Youth Empowerment partners with other leaders from business, academia and the non-profit sector to provide young people with practical business skills and to engender an entrepreneurial spirit among the next generation of business leaders.
Application Procedures and Tuition
WYE actively recruits rising youth from all junior and high schools within Fresno County. A maximum of 200 students have the opportunity to participate each year. Participants are selected on their own merits through an application and interview process conducted by the WYE Board. Criteria for selection include:
The program tuition is $295.00 per student. Tuition covers all costs of the program - meals, transportation, materials, etc.
Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president.
- NELSON MANDELA