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The Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop Series

Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT)’s Teen Court program recently launched a youth entrepreneurship workshop series to help address the high unemployment rate among teens in the County’s Target Urban Areas (TUAs). TUAs are 15 County-designated neighborhoods and two commercial corridors that serve as economic development priority. County economic research revealed that socio-economic conditions in the TUAs lag far behind the rest-of-the-County. This new economic initiative aims help reverse that trend by exposing participants to business principles, young and experienced entrepreneurs, and encourage the creation of micro-businesses.

MDEAT is hopeful that message of empowerment and business resonates with its youth volunteers. The agency created the youth entrepreneurship initiative to give Teen Court participants an optional track on entrepreneurship. The workshop series is an extension of that effort. It is designed to teach the teen volunteers business development skills while fostering the development and growth of micro-businesses among these youth. It will also expose participants to successful Black entrepreneurs to further motivate and reinforce benefits of business ownership. According to the County’s November Labor Market Report, Black residents suffer twice the unemployment rates of their counterparts in other communities. The workshop series aims to decrease that burden.

The youth entrepreneurship workshop series is an on-going seminar that occurs during the second week of each month before Teen Court sessions. The four-part workshop series cover business essentials, business plan creation, business economics, and marketing/salesmanship skills. Various workshops will feature local entrepreneurs and give participants access to helpful resources.

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