Can't get a summer job? Don't worry because the Youth Ventures
Program is here to help you. The Youth Ventures Program is a
program designed to promote entrepreneurial awareness and skills
to students and assist them in starting their own small business.
Sheldon Payne, the Youth Ventures Coordinator from the Red
Ochre Board visited Roncalli High on Friday May 12th 2000 to
speak with the Enterprise Education class about the program and
what it offers them
a video clip of
Sheldon Payne's presentation.
In his presentation Mr. Payne stated some of the objectives
of the Youth Ventures Program, which are: to provide summer employment
for youth, to generate an appreciation in the youth for small
business issues and to develop entrepreneurial training through
mentoring relationships with the business community.
Students interested in the Youth Ventures Program are taught
how to develop an idea, prepare a business plan and if necessary,
access to a business loan. From May to September regional coordinators
visit students at their business on a regular basis to provide
advice and support. At the end of the summer, students are expected
to submit a year-end report.
When asked how the presentation went Mr. Payne responded,
"I think the presentation went very well, I'm looking forward
to seeing many of these faces in the coming weeks." It
appeared that students got the same reaction from Mr. Payne's
presentation. Tara Cassell, a level three student at Roncalli
said, "The presentation was really good. It actually made
me consider creating my own summer job." Christine Wu,
a level two student at Roncalli agreed by saying, "The presentation
was very informative. It increased my interest in starting a
business this summer."
The Youth Ventures Program was designed to ensure a resource
whereby youth could feel more comfortable , knowing there were
people they could turn to for assistance. Don Tulk, Enterprise
Education teacher at Roncalli said, "This program allows
students to learn about themselves, it gives them a chance to
make money and also opens doors for the future."
If money is what you want then get up and do something this
summer. Start by calling your local Youth Ventures Coordinator.