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Entrepreneur Programs

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:

  • Promote a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship as a viable career option
  • Inspire and equip young people in the local community to learn and succeed through enterprise
  • Stimulate entrepreneurial thinking amongst young people
  • Help young people become enterprising - help them establish business and social enterprises in the community
  • To enhance leadership skills and increase community awareness in junior and high school students
  • To enhance the educational experience of future leaders in Fresno County

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:

  1. What is Enterprise?
  2. Why Entrepreneurship?
  3. Who are Entrepreneurs?
  4. How do I become an entrepreneur?
  5. How do I find a good business idea?
  6. How do I organize an enterprise?
  7. How do I operate the enterprise?
  8. What are the next steps to become an entrepreneur?
  9. Teamwork Skills - Understand that success in today's competitive business world is about working together.
  10. Time Management - Business is about meeting deadlines
  11. Structured Analysis and Techniques used regularly in business
  12. Creative thinking - Critical in keeping ahead of the competition
  13. Analysis of the external competitive environment
  14. Marketing analysis
  15. Business Planning, Developing a Budget
  16. Business Development and Growth Strategies

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.

Program Partnerships

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:

  • Junior or High school
  • GPA of 2.00 or higher
  • Demonstrated interest in leadership positions in school and/or community
  • Desire for personal growth opportunities
  • Commitment to completion of entire program

The program tuition is $295.00 per student.  Tuition covers all costs of the program - meals, transportation, materials, etc.

WISDOM

All our dreams can come true....if we have the courage to pursue them.

- WALT DISNEY

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