Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $295,993)
The City of Jackson's Youth Entrepreneurship Training Program (YETP) is designed to work hand-in-hand with Jackson Public Schools to supplement skills already taught in the curriculum. The YETP will introduce the basics of entrepreneurship, business plans, bookkeeping, advertising, and interest-bearing accounts, in connection with the regular course curriculum in reading and math. The YETP will select a population of 60 at-risk youth ranging from ages 7-18 that is inclusive of selected levels of student matriculation. The YETP, with its collaborative of key stakeholders, will address the need for prevention and intervention services to youth in the West Jackson feeder pattern with regard to delinquency, truancy and school failure. It is anticipated that this program will provide supplemental assistance to students, both academically and socially, that will contribute to a successful matriculation at each level of intervention.