Through the Youth Entrepreneurship program, the California Black Chamber of Commerce works to develop our next generation of entrepreneurs and future leaders. We strive to promote business ownership as a means to building wealth and start early with the youth in our communities across the state.
The Chamber has long been committed to the education of our youth and recognizes that the small businesses of tomorrow are spawned by the entrepreneurial youth of today. It is our desire to expose our youth to entrepreneurship as a career choice. There are increasing demands on all businesses to “go green” as well as create public and private partnerships. In the 2012 Youth Summit, we will provide insight and exposure to the green economy, green business development, and plant the seeds for innovation and economic development on the part of young entrepreneurs, leadership in students who want hands on experience and exposure to economic development and small business advocacy. This program provides students the opportunity to acquire skills and build vital business and personal networks that will enhance their effectiveness as future business owners.
Our 2012 Youth Entrepreneurship Summit: Green Business Development program is unique not only because it is multi-ethnic and is disproportionately focused on students from disadvantaged families, but also because of the type of training and high level of hands on experiences we provide. The program will include access to industry leaders, technology, and industry information – all with a focus on the ever developing green economies in the US and abroad. The green economy will be defined. Jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities will be examined through guided activities some group and some individual in focus. The central focus of the program is embodied in the activities of the Youth Summit but supported throughout the year.
The core of the Summit program is represented by four modules: Financial Literacy, Technology Applications, Business Management, and Social Responsibility. Three of the four modules are a part of each annual program with the fourth module added based on the theme for each summit. They are covered by interactive presentations done by industry leaders and business owners that are recruited to volunteer for program participation.