Local youth participate in YBA Youth Business Adventure recently completed its 21st year, hosting nearly 300 high school seniors, teachers and counselors from across the state during two week-long sessions. The first session was held at Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
Participating from the local area at the second session, held at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, were Christopher Yutrzenka, Wendy Bromwich and Chelsy Chase of Vermillion High School and Jamie Skonhovd, Wakonda. Local businessman Dan Christopherson served as a loaned executive or company advisor for the week. Pat Wingen was USD Campus Chair.
During the week, the students and teachers gained vital information about the business world from those who work and live in that world, the "loaned executives" or company advisors. Both teachers and students had the opportunity to gain college credits for participation in the YBA sessions.
Since its inception in 1980, YBA has been sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a statewide business organization located in Pierre. The program is completely funded with contributions from generous sponsors throughout the state.
In addition to the management simulation, the week included competition in a Quiz Bowl utilizing business terms, production of one minute commercials, participation in a problem solving activity, and presentations of business plans made by the individual companies before a panel of judges. Students also were entertained with evening activities of bowling, swimming, a dance, and attendance at a live radio broadcast in Spearfish and a performance by the Dakota Baroque musical ensemble at the Shrine to Music in Vermillion.
Preparations are currently underway for the 22nd annual sessions of the Youth Business Adventure program. For further information about YBA, contact the local participants, log on to the website http://www.usd.edu/yba or call 1-800-742-8112.