News in Brief: Summer Business Program Helps High School Students



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A group of high school students today will finish a UC Berkeley business program that prepares underrepresented minority students for college.

The Young Entrepreneurs at Haas program serves 80 students at the university's Haas School of Business and has been running since 1990.

"The purpose is to get high school kids excited and teach them about being an entrepreneur," said Ute Frey, associate director of marketing and communications. "By teaching them something they want to know about, we use their enthusiasm to teach them and prepare them for college."

In the workshops, students learn about time management, planning skills, study skills, global business and the stock market.

"In their first year we help develop their business ideas, have them pitch those ideas to a community venture capital board and compete for funding of up to five hundred dollars," said Roberta Joyner, the program's director. "In their second year, they learn about the stock market and global economics."

The students are matched with university student volunteers who have degrees in business administration. The students attend Saturday workshops, and the volunteers help them polish their business plans.

This spring, the program received new annual funding of $375,000 from the university system and private donations.

"We have more students apply each year than we are able to take," Joyner said. "That money has enabled us to double in size. The reason we do this is so the Haas school can share resources with the surrounding community. We target schools and students that don't have the resources other schools do. We try to support youths and allow them to excel."

Sam Adams

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