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Community Change for Youth Development
316 East Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Youth Entrepreneurial Training involves the "Snack Palace" concession stand and the Beautification program. Participants in the Snack Palace learn inventory‚ customer service skills‚ cashier skills‚ minimum cooking skills with the microwave‚ and business planning. Participants in the Beautification program learn proper janitorial and maintenance skills. All the youth receive a stipend. Older youth who have completed the training serve as supervisors to the youngest kids.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 30
Range of Student Ages: Twelve to twenty years old
Duration of Activity: Year round‚ 10 hours per week
Relevant Contextual or Demographic Information: This activity takes place in an inner city area‚ low-moderate income area.
What is the academic content of this activity?
The participants utilize their math and reading skills as they sell items and handle money. They have to read to understand the preparation of the items sold. All participants must complete classroom training via the "You're the Boss" curriculum in order to be prepared to run the stand.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
A component of the Entrepreneurial Training program is the Career Bound Club. This program allows youth to set academic goals for postsecondary education (college or technical school). Partnership and mentoring is established with the local colleges. College students assist in the implementation of the program and field trips to the schools are held. In this way youth involved with the Snack Palace are able to plan for the future with advice from older students. Also‚ older youth‚ running the stand‚ work alongside younger participants.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
The youth placed in supervisory roles are tasked with the responsibility of establishing a schedule for the participants. Additionally‚ they determine the menu to be served at the concession stand shop for the items and stock the concession stand.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
Students serve in supervisory roles and assume the lead for the implementation of the entrepreneurial program. Older students set an example for the younger students entering the program.