Minority Youth in Business Program

minority youth business group posing for photo on steps of Atkinson Hall

Program Dates: TBD  |  Application Deadline: TBD

About the Program

The Minority Youth in Business Program (MYB) is a 1-week residential program that allows participants to glimpse the college experience as they live in the residence halls and eat in the University’s dining facilities free of charge. 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 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. 

Application & Requirements - Deadline TBD

Each spring, Georgia College invites rising High School Juniors and Seniors from 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. 
  • Please mail transcript and all required items to: MYB Program, Office of Admissions, Georgia College, Campus 23, Milledgeville, GA 31061. These items can also be emailed to myb@gcsu.edu.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship  

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 GC, the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Council on Economic Education.

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 emphasizes 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.

For more information please contact Susan Whittle at (478) 445-4023 or email myb@gcsu.edu