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1 youth investor & entrepreneur project

2 preparing the next generation In addition to ambition and dedication, today's teens also need a thorough command of the world of finance in order to make their dreams reality. The Chicago Urban League's Youth Investor & Entrepreneurship Project () offers area high school students the practical business skills, personal finance education and professional connections that they can make use of throughout their college education and careers. Read on to learn more about this award-winning, free program. " made a difference in my life. The program showed me what I can do with my career and gave me the tools I need to do well in college." Jermaine Reed DuSable High School, Class of 06 Chicago State University Class of 06

3 overview For the past decade, has worked with hundreds of students in public, private and parochial schools all over Chicago, focusing specifically on providing financial literacy, equity market investing and small business development training. This school-based, after-school program is offered twice a year at participating schools during the fall and spring semesters. Students work closely with Chicago Urban League staff members with rich business backgrounds. In addition, participants also benefit from seminars and field trips conducted by representatives from corporate partners such as BP, Holland Capital Management, HSBC, Merrill Lynch, State Farm and the United Way. In 2007, received with the Mutual of America National Community Partnership Award. This honor goes to non-profit organizations who work with the private sector in order to impact the community. However, the true honor is watching alumni go on to college, enter the business world and continue in their service and success. " offered my son a way to learn about entrepreneurship and gave him help every step of the way, from mentorship to access to computers and the right software." Adrian Willis Father of Beau-Michael Willis Hales Franciscan Academy, Class of '09 Class of '08

4 program specifics focuses on both financial and investment literacy as well as the details of starting a new business. Here is some more information on these important lessons: Finance & Investment The curriculum begins with solid education about fundamental economic concepts that students put to use almost immediately, such as: Credit management Saving strategies Stock-market investing Macro- and micro-economic principles. Financial reading and research Stock-chart analysis Personal portfolios creation and management Domestic and foreign economic research The overall goal of this critical portion of is to help students make informed investment decisions as they progress on their life-long journey toward building wealth. Entrepreneurship This portion of the program gives participants the skills to start a successful business such as: Collaborating with others Identifying business ideas Researching target markets Analyzing opportunities and risk Developing a standard business plan These business plans are presented to and judged by area business professionals from: State Farm, University of Illinois at Chicago, BP, True Star Magazine, and others. Top-rated teams compete at the University of Illinois at Chicago for the Investor s Cup and progress to other national competitions. participants have won first place at the local level in the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition, and two participants have placed second overall at the national level. " is an accessible afterschool activity that has longterm benefits. Students learn skills for the future, not just for college, but for the rest of their lives." Kevin Tate Senior Class Counselor King College Prep High School

5 benefit & impact Students leave more focused on their future and empowered by a wealth of business skills and experiences. In addition to building collaboration, teamwork and personal responsibility, students also hone their oral presentation and writing skills. curriculum helps students prepare for college by offering test-prep, college selection and funding workshops. Here are a few key statistics which demonstrate the impact of since its inception in 1999: 100% of alums graduated high school in four years. 90% of participants went on to attend four-year colleges. 80% of graduates who attended four-year colleges selected business-related majors. On average, annually awards over $20,000 in college scholarships to graduates. While statistics provide a general picture of the Project's impact, students are the real success stories: Aaron Miles and Dylana Cullar graduated from, attended college and secured internships through the Chicago Urban League. Kaidi McMillan directly applies his knowledge by teaching other students about entrepreneurship while attending Howard University. Johnnie Lovett, winner of the NFTE Chicago regional competition and national runner-up, attends college while managing his -developed urban-fashion business, Stay Fresh Online. Jessica Miller, Tiffany Glass, Akilah Smith, grads who attend Morgan State University, continued their financial goals by starting an investment club with other students. "My favorite moment was when I learned that I owe it to myself to work hard to be the best person I can be. If another student is as good as I am, then I should just work 10 times harder. When my recording-studio team won the Business Plan Competition, I realized how hard work does pay off." Kaidi McMillan De La Salle Institute, Class of '05 Class of '05 Howard University, Class of '09

6 get started To learn more about or for enrollment information, please contact the Chicago Urban League's Education Department at (773) or visit is part of projectnext, the Chicago Urban League's longterm economic development agenda that confronts inequalities and redefines today's civil-rights imperatives by focusing on economic empowerment as the key driver of social change for African-Americans. projectnext supports teens, their parents and the community at large by promoting educational achievement, home ownership, entrepreneurship and career success. "Adolescents need constant encouragement and empowerment. empowers students to choose excellence. " Dr. Shelby Wyatt Guidance Counselor Kenwood Academy

7 The Chicago Urban League supports and advocates for economic, educational and social progress for African-Americans through our agenda focused exclusively on economic empowerment as the key driver for social change. We are committed to growing Chicago s African-American workforce and business community with the following four strategies: Ensuring that all children are well-educated and prepared to lead in the global economy; Helping individuals and families attain economic empowerment through employment, homeownership, entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation; Advocating for policies that ensure equal participation in the economic and social mainstream; Creating positive cultural images. The Youth Investor & Entrepreneur Project () is a part of projectnext, the Chicago Urban League s long-term economic development agenda, and is just one of several youth initiatives managed by the organization s Education Department. The Chicago Urban League (773)

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