Joining President LaForge is Dr. Glendscene Williams, a professor in the Delta State business school who developed the curriculum for the Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program.
Delta State continues to be a leader in the Delta region in a large number of outreach efforts that range from nursing and music to business and science. One such program is the Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program, which teaches young men in our region the opportunities and risks of running their own business. Sponsored by the College of Business’ Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Research and the Delta Health Alliance’s Indianola Promise Community, the program enrolled 40 participants this year, and is looking to expand its reach even further in the coming year.
The curriculum for the program is designed to encourage the development of business plans based on the participants’ ideas, and to give them opportunities to “job shadow” at community businesses for two weeks. Participants engage in discussions on economic conditions and business related topics, and learn the importance of networking, communication skills, community involvement, and strategies for being accepted to college. Following the program, some of the young men obtained after-school jobs in the businesses in which they spent time, while others continue to volunteer in their community. And, there has been an increased interest in college attendance by most of the participants, which is always a goal for us here at Delta State.