Minority Youth & Business
(Formerly known as Black Youth and Business)
MYB is a one-week summer residential program that gives high school students the opportunity to:
- Foster their knowledge of the free enterprise system by creating innovative business plans in collaboration with other students from surrounding area high schools.
- Sharpen their public speaking skills as they compete against other student teams in a Business Plan Presentation competition before a panel of expert judges.
- Attend workshops instructed by Georgia College faculty, staff and student volunteers on how to start, market, manage, and finance their own business.
- Learn about the college admission process, career development, healthy living, and how to define and set goals.
- Spend a day shadowing local business leaders at their establishments to gain first hand insight about business operations.
- Polish etiquette skills by a attending a formal business dinner.
- Network with college students to develop mentorship relationships.
- Live in the campus residence halls, eat in the dinning facilities, and get a sneak peek at the college experience!
The Minority Youth and Business Program (MYB) was first introduced at Georgia College in 1985, as the Black Youth and Business program, with encouragement from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents through the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia. MYB is sponsored by the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at Georgia College, the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Council on Economic Education.
The Road to Entrepreneurship
Since its inception, the goals of the MYB Program have been to increase minority participation in post-secondary education and in business ownership. To promote these goals, the MYB Program immerses minority high school students in a week-long curriculum that emphasize the fundamentals of business ownership. Georgia College, in its endeavor to encourage the development of academic, personal and career goals among minority youth, hosts the Minority Youth and Business Program.
The participants are grouped in teams of four or five students all of whom have expressed similar interests in business goals or areas of study. During the week each group develops a business concept or product and writes a business plan to support their idea.
Faculty, staff and student volunteers conduct classes each day on the various aspects of developing a business plan. During the evenings, participants work with their groups to write the portion of the business plan that coincides with the sessions they attended. At the end of the week, each group presents their work in the business plan competition. They deliver a twenty minute presentation of their business plan to a panel of expert judges. The week culminates with a closing banquet, featuring presentations by the participants, the announcement of the winning team, and a special message delivered by a keynote speaker to encourage them in their future endeavors.
Eligibility and Requirements
Each spring, Georgia College invites rising high school juniors and seniors from the surrounding counties to apply to the MYB program for the following summer. Students who have indicated an interest in business or the free enterprise system are asked to submit:
- a completed MYB application
- two letters of recommendation (one from a teacher and one from a school counselor)
- an official transcript indicating that they have maintained an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Tuition, meals and board are provided free of charge to students that are admitted into the program.