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Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation

Youth Division

Youth Entrepreneurial Challenge

The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge program sponsored by Union Bank is designed to teach High School students the entrepreneurial mindset alongside traditional small business startup skills.  The program will begin in January 2019.  Students (working in groups) will create business plans and develop a business marketing presentation (The Pitch).  Each team will compete within their home High School / Youth Center competition.

“The Pitch”

Participants will compete in a business marketing presentation “The Pitch” competition within their respective Schools for the chance of competing in the Regional Finals on April 6, 2018 at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Participants will have a chance to earn investment (capital) and prizes!

Participating High Schools include:
  • Crenshaw High School
  • View Park Prep High School
  • Augusta Hawkins High School
  • Diego  Rivera High School
  • Manual Arts High
Participating Youth Serving Agencies:
  • Brotherhood Crusade
  • City of Los Angeles – Watts Youth Opportunity Movement
  • Los Angeles Urban League
  • YWCA of Greater Los Angeles – Job Corps

Sponsored by:

Youth Business Center

The Vermont Slauson Youth Business Center (YBC)  program is designed to utilize the basic foundation of VSEDC BusinessSource Center with the concentration of providing services for  High School students ages 14 – 18.  The goals is to assist young entrepreneurs explore their interest in pursuing a career in business and learn more about life.   The center offers quality entrepreneurship and technology training to high school students.  The Youth Business Center provides an innovative approach to after-school programming where young people explore their own interests and become confident learners using technology.

Entrepreneurial Training

Youth Entrepreneur Academy

Technology  (Tech Start Up)

Summer Internship

School Locations

  • Augustus Hawkins High School
  • Diego Rivera High School
  • View Park Prep High School
  • Boys Academic Leadership Academy

Youth Coding Camp

Students learn to code by building custom websites.

Businesses donate to receive new websites.

Summer Internship Program

The primary goal is to provide 40 youth with internship opportunities that will focus on the Entrepreneurial Training.  Students will be initially exposed to forty (40) hours of classroom instruction focused on personal development, effective communication, and an overview of the construction career pathways.

The second phase of the program consists of a 100-hour internship.  VSEDC will coordinate with area small businesses to provide youth with an internship focus on their business interest.  The internship will focus on specific small business core competencies.  These core competencies will be around product development, marketing, management, and pricing.

Training Component

The 40-hour entrepreneurial training will be held at Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation with an emphasis on preparing the interns for small business ownership through entrepreneurial workshops:

  • Are you an entrepreneur
  • The Big idea
  • Market Research
  • The 4p’s of Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Video marketing
  • Finances
  • The Business Plan
  • Financial Literacy
  • Coding – Web Design & Development