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San Diego CITD Director, Victor Castillo and CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator, Gabriel Reyes participated in the Youth Entrepreneurship Program – Synthesized (YEPS) Boot Camp Awards Ceremony and Resource Fair, which was part of Financial Education Week. The San Diego CITD was a sponsor and helped coordinate the YEPS Boot Camp and Financial Education Week activities. A resource fair, featuring spanish-language workshops on various personal finance topics, was held prior to the awards ceremony. Representatives from various organizations, including the Mexican Consulate, Wells Fargo Bank, Accion San Diego, SDG&E, Comunidad Primero, Alliant International University, La Vista Memorial Park, New York Life, and others were on hand to provide information on their resources and services to attendees. The workshops and resource fair was held from 9 AM – 2 PM. The awards ceremony included remarks from Consul General of Mexico in San Diego Remedios Gomez Arnau, Mayor of National City Ron Morrison, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, and Assemblymember Ben Hueso among others about the importance of financial literacy and youth entrepreneurship. Also in attendance was Al Alvarado, a representative from Congressman Bob Filner’s office.
The student participants of the YEPS Boot Camp were all there eagerly waiting to learn who had won the boot camp’s business plan competition. The day before this event, 26 students from 11 local high schools including Sweetwater High, High Tech High San Diego, Point Loma High, Patrick Henry High, Hoover, Bonita Vista, Clairemont High, Julian High, Guajome Park Academy, Olympian, and Charter School of San Diego, presented their business plans to a panel of judges in hopes of winning one of three iPad 2 tablet computers and a $1,000 scholarship. Additional prizes were raffled off to event participants. The winning students were: 1st Place – Raul Escobar | The Charter School of San Diego, 2nd Place – Brandon Hernandez | Sweetwater High School, and 3rd Place – Sam Wisotsky | High Tech High Point Loma. Additionally, two students tied for 4th place, Ian Larson | Patrick Henry High and Mariana Meneses | Olympian High School.
The San Diego CITD Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) will be taking the award winning students through the next phase of the implementation of their business plan. In this phase, the San Diego CITD YEP will provide additional entrepreneurship training and mentoring geared toward helping these students fine tune their business plans and ultimately launch their businesses.