Last November, YouthQuest students began learning about how to plan and run a business. Now students are at it again with YQ, Inc. 2.
By building on what they learned in November, students are participating in age-appropriate economic activities to increase their knowledge in a fun way – all in preparation for the YQ, Inc. Business Fair event on May 5 at the Flint Farmers’ Market.
“We are excited for our YQ, Inc. event this May,” said Cheryl Adkins, program director of YouthQuest. “This event is a way for our future entrepreneurs to foster and develop their business skills. They will demonstrate those skills by selling their products to the public.”
According to Adkins, students will increase their financial literacy by learning:
To extend students’ learning beyond YouthQuest, families can use some of the following activities to keep youth engaged at home in the evenings and weekends:
YouthQuest’s middle and high school programs aim to teach STEM through short-term and long-term clubs. At Flint Southwestern Academy, students participate in the Banking on Our Future & Hope Business in a Box program, which is made possible through a partnership with Operation Hope and Huntington Bank. Students learn about budgeting, smart banking, credit vs. debit, and savings and interest. After learning about finances, students will develop a startup product or service from beginning to end. This includes developing a business plan and sales pitch, which they will present a pitch in a Shark Tank-style competition. If their pitch is selected, students will receive funding for their business.
YouthQuest is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.