Pathways to Success (PTS) program teaches entrepreneurship and career readiness for inter-city youth

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The program purpose is to increase the understanding of entrepreneurship and career readiness for inter-city youth. Our Pathways to Success (PTS) program will provide participants a basic understanding of entrepreneurship, essentials to corporate culture and careers. Topics to include are basic finance, entrepreneurship basics, career readiness, network and relationship-building and career exploration. Adopted from the PTS program associated with 100 Black Men of America, the Omaha chapter has modified this program to be offered at an alternative middle school where we can incite motivation and inspire students who are facing behavioral and other challenges to make positive decisions and be successful leaders. Members and mentors facilitate these sessions and upon graduation at the end of the school year, students will be rewarded a stipend for their participation and be required to give a presentation on what they have learned and how they can implement the tools and knowledge gained. Students were selected for this program based on improvements in their behavior and academic levels at the alternative school. Students may even level out of the school, back into their regular public schools, and still attend the sessions every month at the alternative school which speaks to their dedication in this program. Students are excited and motivated to attend because they have African American role models whom they can identify with who also share their own successes and even shortcomings on their rise to success. It is the goal of the 100 to be able to transition the male PTS participants at this school into our mentoring program and connect the female students to opportunities to help them be successful. We at the 100 are truly excited about this unique opportunity to stand in the gap for the youth participants in this school as we can be the extra motivating force to show them that “What They See is What They Will Be.”

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