- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Program Delivery: Day
- Session Start: March, April, May
- Session Length: Other
- Entering Grade: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Career Exploration
- Sub-Categories: Entrepreneurship
- Selective: No
- Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: Free
This program is designed for middle and high school students who are interested in entrepreneurship. Students will be working with executives to brainstorm different ideas to start a venture, figure out how it impacts our local community, and determine how it's going to make money while driving change.
This rigorous bootcamp, which meets weekly on Saturdays, inspires, educates, and equips youth to take action and make a difference. We move beyond the academics of building businesses, framing real-life problems, real-life constraints, and real-life criteria as the launch pad for students to create a value-driven, sustainable solution to a real-life market opportunity.
Youth CITIES partners with prominent executives from the business and nonprofit community who teach fundamentals of leadership, entrepreneurship, presentation skills, and business plan creation, and share strategies for leveraging business principles to impact society. Students compete individually or in teams to start-up and build a social venture to solve real-world problems. The top venture ideas will present to a panel of finalist judges.
The prize? $1500 in seed grant funding and the benefit of a hand-selected Advisory Board to help launch a prototype/pilot of the winning social venture.