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Ketchikan Youth Initiative: Youth Entrepreneurship
The vision of the Ketchikan Youth Initiative's Youth Entrepreneurship program is to celebrate that a larger number of youth are engaged in business enterprises and activities that contribute to the economic development and well-being of the community. This is a multi-year program. In the first year we expect the VISTA to be involved in the following activities: 1)complete research about successful models of incubators for youth entrepreneurship and establish a business plan for the KYI hub; 2)raise $25,000 to cover start-up operating costs and seed money for a pilot program; 3) enhance KYI's civic engagement program that provides essentials skills and experiential learning for youth. KYI was formed five years ago after the unfortunate death of two teens due to misuse of prescription drugs. Our community is plagued with problems of alcohol, drugs, suicides, drop-outs, teen pregnancies... We are committed to supporting the youth and young adults of our community to take the lead in creating solutions to these problems and mentoring them to achieve their desired outcomes. KYI is committed to providing youth-directed and adult-mentored programs and activities. We serve ages 14 to 24 and focus on those who are disadvantaged. We first established a paintball field, are now supporting the development of a skatepark, provide a "teen drop-in" program at a local cafe, and are redeveloping an 100 yr old warehouse into a two-story Youth Community Center, a badly needed addition to our community. In all of these endeavors, youth have an opportunity to step forward as leaders. Our Board is governed by Youth Officers under 18, each supported by an adult adviser. Over 600 volunteer hours have been contributed to the Youth Center building project in the past six months. This VISTA position will hit the ground running with some existing programming in place, ready to be enhanced and improved and will have primary responsibility to develop the entrepreneurial hub.
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Member Duties : Identify successful models for youth entrepreneurship programs; support development of a community partners oversight committee; develop business plan; promote program to mentors and to youth; secure grant funding; establish sustainability plan; promote civic engagement program and approach school district for sponsorship; make presentations to community organizations and maintain high profile recognition program for volunteers. The KYI Administrator, Board members and community volunteers will work with the VISTA to accomplish these goals.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Assist in finding affordable housing ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Business/Entrepreneur ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  Recruitment ,  Enthusiasm; Self-motivation ,  Youth Development ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking . 
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Ketchikan Youth Initiative: Youth Entrepreneurship

Program Start/End Date
01/03/2011  -   01/03/2012

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ALASKA  

Accepting Applications
From  08/24/2010  To  11/12/2010 

Contact Kathryn Abbott
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage   AK   99508

Listing ID 33231


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