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Teen CEO Program

Teens Creating Economic Opportunity (Teen C.E.O.), provides Genesee County youth the opportunity to take a business idea and develop it into a business plan.
Teen participants in downtown Flint

The program focuses on entrepreneurial skills, abilities and attitudes; and prepares participants for what is required to become a part of this new economy. The program:

  • Provides an entrepreneurial curriculum that gives participants the necessary skills and competencies needed to operate a business including development of the business plan.
  • Provides participants with an opportunity to gain additional skills needed to operate the particular selected business through mentorship and job shadowing experiences.
  • Develops a Higher Education Career Pathway plan for each participant in the area of business they have identified.

The program is for youth ages 14-18 and runs from June through August. Participants meet four days per week, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided.

A “Showcase” event culminates the program providing the students an opportunity to display their businesses to friends, family, area business owners and the public.

Core elements of this program include:

  • Developing a business plan
  • Creating marketing strategies
  • Team building
  • Conflict Management
  • Developing a budget
  • Developing work ethics
  • Opportunity to launch business

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 14-18 years old
  • Genesee County Resident
  • Parent or Guardian must accompany youth to mandatory orientation session
Teen participants engaging with business patrons

Please call (810) 232-2555 for more information on this program.

This initiative is made possible with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

July 15, 2019
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