The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) recently announced that Youth Entrepreneurship (YE) clubs will again be offered at high schools across Genesee County for the third straight year. Youth Entrepreneurship is a growing initiative in Genesee County designed to spark interest and encourage entrepreneurial mindsets among students. Some changes have been incorporated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the program, which teaches youth to overcome challenges and prepare for success, started Monday Oct. 5.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation awarded GISD a grant to establish YE clubs at high schools across the county, train participating club advisors and support the Countywide Pitch Competition.
This year, most YE meetings, training, and events are taking place virtually. Students participate in two mini-video pitch competitions, a marketplace and a problem-solving summit. A highlight of the program, the Countywide Pitch Competition, will take place in May, and cash prizes will be awarded to students with the most impressive pitches!
“The Youth Entrepreneurship clubs offer such a wonderful opportunity for students that it was important for us to make the necessary adjustments to ensure that the program could continue in the safest way possible,” said Sherquanda Carroll, youth entrepreneur coordinator.
“We are committed to making the most of this opportunity to expand the mindsets of students in our area, to believe in themselves, their ideas and the limitless possibilities for their futures,” added Carroll.
For details about GISD and GISD programs, call (810) 591-4400.