New Mexico State University

RECIPIENT
New Mexico State University
MSC 3169, P.O. Box 30003
Las Cruces, NM 88003 - 8003
Michael Patrick

PROJECT TITLE
Youth Entrepreneurship Summer (YES) Camp

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Youth Entrepreneurship Summer (YES) Camp provides high school students with the opportunity to explore
their entrepreneurial interests and talents.
This three college credit course helps students understand the role that free enterprise and entrepreneurship plays
in achieving economic growth, community prosperity, and individual success.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
The program began in 2002 with 7 kids and today the program operates 2 times per year with over 150 kids going
through the course. During 40 hours of classroom instruction and a 35 hour field-based practicum, students
research the feasibility of a business idea of their choice and produce a business plan. At the end of the course,
students present their business plans to a panel of business men and women from the community in a "best"
business plan contest for honors and awards.


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