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Youth Entrepreneurs Win
California, May 13, 2003: Global Education Partnership (G.E.P.)
announced today that participants in its Entrepreneurship and Employment
Training Program (EETP) at John C. Fremont High School, in Oakland, were
awarded first prize at the Students
for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) International
Entrepreneurship Competition held May 9-13 in Kansas City, Mo.
with 30 other schools for the California
State SIFE championship, and winning for the second year in a row, the 12
member Fremont High School EETP team competed with teams from all over the
world to win the International SAGE Championship in Kansas City.
In the finals Fremont High School narrowly edged out a team from
Poland by a 6-5 vote.
qualify to compete in the SAGE competition high school students are
required to complete a business plan, start a business or entrepreneurship
venture, integrate technology where practicable, concentrate on business
ethics and social responsibility and complete at least one community
outreach project. Fremontís
SAGE presentation highlighted the entrepreneurship and service learning
project BOMBAST, which earned international recognition last year for
offering healthy, affordable alternatives to off-campus lunches to combat
the poor nutritional habits of students; the establishment of a Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) center at the Melrose Library where students
offered electronic tax-filing
assistance and much-needed bilingual services to their low-income
community; and B-SET, an academic support program to increase the
graduation rate at Fremont High.
Bay Area non-profit organization, Global Education Partnership, is
responsible for the management and financial backing of the Fremont High
program. G.E.P. coached Fremont
High School participants through the year, teaching entrepreneurship,
basic accounting and business skills through the EETP. Generous
funding for G.E.P. programs from the Y&H Soda Foundation, the Richard
and Rhoda Goldman Fund and the Schwab Foundation has enabled G.E.P. to
provide services to students at Fremont High School and to hundreds of
other low-income youth in the Bay Area.
Bay Area Coordinator, Heather Wilson said, "these students come from
one of the Bay Areaís most resource-deprived schools. The Fremont
teamís victory was truly inspirational. Their dedication, focus and
leadership through out the year have been remarkable.
These kids deserved it."
Global Education Partnership (G.E.P.)
in 1994, G.E.P. is a 501 (c) (3) organization with headquarters in
Washington, DC and divisions in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kenya,
Guatemala, Tanzania, and Indonesia. G.E.P.ís mission is to provide
access to educational resources that increase the capacity of young people
to become employable and self-reliant in the global marketplace. Toward
this goal, G.E.P. provides opportunities for vulnerable youth through the
Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program (EETP). This intensive
program focuses on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, computer
literacy, global awareness, community citizenship, and job-readiness
skills. Instructors create experiential, interactive lessons that
reinforce basic math and language ability, promoting student success in
and out of the classroom.
G.E.P. appreciates the active participation of Fremont HS and
SIFE, who share our commitment to fostering self-reliance in vulnerable
is a project conceived, delivered and funded by the California State
University, Chico Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team .
SAGE is an international network that links secondary school student
organizations to mentors from local universities and businesses. Its
purpose is to advance global entrepreneurship in an ethical and
socially-responsible manner. The mission of SIFE teams is to make a
difference in their communities by teaching, practicing and learning the
principles of free enterprise.