2001-09-29 / Front Page

Entrepreneurship Program For Teens

By Gary G. Toms

By Gary G. Toms

The Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation (R.D.R.C) is launching a 10-week entrepreneurship program, in conjunction with the Project for Rockaway Youth in Safety and Education (PRYSE).

The "PRYSE Youth Entrepreneurship" course will focus on teaching youth in the age range of 14-19 the skills necessary to start and maintain their own business. The course will be conducted every Wednesday beginning on October 3, 2001 and starts promptly at 3:15 p.m. Sessions are going to take place at 1920 Mott Avenue, in Far Rockaway.

Jule Grant, who has obtained certification in small business management and a Master’s Degree in Science and Urban Policy Analysis and Management, is the director of the course, and she is very excited about what the program has to offer.

"This will be an excellent opportunity for the youth to gain a better understanding of what it takes to run a business. The goal is to train them to be able to put together a sound business plan, and these are skills that they will be able to use for a lifetime. However, they should realize that this will take hard work and dedication. They must have a willingness to learn."

Although the program does not provide placement after completion, it will offer guidance and support on a continuous basis to the students during and after the course.

"We will be able to direct them to the proper resources and small businesses in and outside of the Rockaway area, which will enable them to have interaction within the small business sectors," said Grant.

For more information about the program you can call R.D.R.C. at (718) 327-5300 and speak to Jule Grant. She is available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Early registration is encouraged.

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