What YEP Offers

Business Lessons

With these lessons your mind will start making wonders, coming up with business ideas, and giving you the necessary tools for you to start and actually make your idea a reality.

Business Mentoring and Counseling

Here you can come to have One-on-One counseling and mentoring on any questions you have about a business, starting a business or if you need help if your business plan.

Business Plan Competition

Are you proud of your work? Do you want to show us what you are capable of? You want to win awesome prizes? Enter your awesome Business plan in our competition.

News & Information

YEP Highlighted at Southwestern College Business Club’s Entrepreneurship Workshop

On November 20th, Southwestern College’s Business Club held its first event of the Fall Semester. The event, organized in conjunction with the college’s Club Web, was attended by more than 80 students and featured a panel of local business owners and experts. CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes, kicked off the panel discussion

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YEP Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 YEP Business Plan Competition! The winning plans were submitted by Harvey Williams, Robert Zaragoza, and Greta Wilson and the Reel Delicious team at High Tech High San Diego. Harvey, a veteran and current student at Phoenix University, submitted a plan for a delivery service that will start with

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YEP Featured in San Diego Union-Tribune Article

The San Diego Union-Tribune featured our Youth Entrepreneurship Program in its SD•B2B section on January 18th, 2014. The article, which is in a Q&A format, is based on a discussion with YEP Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes, on the importance of teaching entrepreneurship to today’s youth. Click here to read the full article.

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San Diego Unified School District Holds 2nd Annual Student Store Competition

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) held its 2nd Annual Student Store Competition on January 16th, 2014 at Madison High School. The competition, developed and organized by SDUSD’s College, Career & Technical Education department, provides a way for students involved in their high school’s student store to learn key business concepts and develop critical

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High School Students Start Video Game Tournament Hosting Business

Aaron Estrada and Victor Cruz, seniors at High Tech High Chula Vista and San Diego Center for International Trade Development (CITD) YEP participants, recently launched a video game tournament hosting business. Seniors at High Tech High are required to complete a “Senior Project”, which is the culmination of the students’ personalized academic endeavors. Students are

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Financial Education Week Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Business Plan Competition

The Mexican Consulate in San Diego concluded its Financial Education Week program on Saturday with a closing event at the San Diego County Office of Education building in National City. The weeklong program, geared toward the hispanic community and coordinated by the consulate in collaboration with the City of National City, City of Chula Vista,

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Fall 2012 YEP Business Plan Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Fall 2012 YEP Business Plan Competition! The winning plans were submitted by Jo-Ann Dilay, Victor Cruz & Aaron Estrada, and Allison Bumatay. Jo-Ann, a recent graduate from National University’s MBA Program, submitted a plan for a customize your own pizza restaurant concept and is currently seeking investment to get

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YEP at the Career Pathways to Success Job Fair in National City

The San Diego Center for International Trade Development’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) participated at the Career Pathways to Success Job Fair held in National City, California. The annual job fair, organized by the National City Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the City of National City, South County Business Services, and other community organizations, featured

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YEP Hosts Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

The San Diego Center for International Trade Development’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program hosted a stop of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET) on Friday with the Sweetwater Union High School District’s CTE/ROP Program at their San Ysidro High School campus. The EET brings the country’s top young entrepreneurs to help spread the entrepreneurial mindset during an inspirational

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YEP Participates in San Diego Entrepreneur Day

San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo and CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes participated in the San Diego Entrepreneur Day event held in Downtown San Diego. The goal of the event was to recognize San Diego’s entrepreneurs and business owners, and create a network of resources to promote entrepreneurship, networking and business growth throughout the county. The event featured over

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