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Originally published 3.27.10
I just couldn’t resist sharing this gossip with you…are you ready? Will you spread it?
I hate to disappoint you, but its all positive and its all about youth! Uh oh!
Its a rarity that we use our media platforms to talk about the positive accomplishments of the younger generations, but I love doing it on my blog…so here is some good news you may have missed out of Houston (my hometown) and Chicago.
Texas Business Alliance recently launched its Youth Entrepreneurship AcademyÂ® (“YEA”) program. From among nearly 100 applicants, 15 youth were selected to participate in the seven-month entrepreneurial training program. The program will primarily be housed at the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University.
“We are honored to have a role in helping to shape the futures of the Youth Entrepreneurship AcademyÂ® participants” said Dr. Joseph L. Boyd, dean of the Texas Southern University School of Business. “We believe in the YEA goal of equipping our youth, while growing the number of new, qualified small businesses in the area and ensuring their growth, self-sufficiency and sustainability.”
The following outstanding youth were selected for the 2010 inaugural YEA program:
* Ashura Bayyan, Aldine High School, age 17
* Xavier Boatwright, Texas Southern University, age 19
* Keith J. Davis Jr., University of Houston, age 19
* Patrick Fagan, Lutheran South Academy, age 15
* KeShawn George, George Bush High School, age 16
* Tishera Jackson, Humble Senior High School, age 16
* Phillip E. Lopez, age 18
* Lydia Martinez, Deer Park High School, age 16
* Faith Miller, Victory Early College, age 16
* Jacob Ollison, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, age 18
* Alexis Taylor, Carnegie Vanguard High School, age 17
* Ravin Washington, Chester W. Nimitz Senior High School, age 17
* Keris Williams, Carver High School, age 18
* Kerry Willrich, Carl Wunsche Senior High School, age 19
* Jalen Wiseman, Carl Wunsche Senior High School, age 16
|L-R: Jacob Ollison, Phillip Lopez, Patrick Fagin, KeShawn George, Xavier Boatwright|
YEA selection criteria included: the desire to pursue an entrepreneurial path; community and/or civic involvement, financial need and application completeness.
YEA program modules include: the entrepreneur experience, role of entrepreneurs, key characteristics and skills, learning how to spot opportunities, idea generation, business plan creation, marketing, credit management, financial literacy/management, accessing funding, technology, life skills, and community involvement/volunteerism.
Congratulations students!!!…but wait there is more….keep reading!
According to their press release, the students at Urban Prep Academies, the nationâ€™s first all-boys public charter high school and comprised entirely of African-American males, have achieved what some thought would be impossible â€“ 100 percent of its first senior class has been accepted to college.
Seniors, dressed in their uniform of black blazers and khaki pants, exchanged their red ties for a special red and gold striped version as they received college acceptance letters over the last few months. At the ceremony, the seniors most recently admitted to college were presented with their new red and gold striped ties.
â€œWhen these students entered Urban Prep as freshmen in 2006, only four percent were
reading at grade level, and according to the statistics, they faced low graduation and even lower college acceptance levels. But, at Urban Prep â€œWe Believeâ€ that all our students are college bound and never doubted this day would come. We are so proud to announce that all students in our first senior class have been accepted to a four-year college or university, â€ said Tim King, founder and CEO of Urban Prep Academies.