YBA announces annual sessions

YBA announces annual sessions Student and educator application forms are now available in the local high school's guidance office and business department for those interested in attending the 2002 Youth Business Adventure (YBA) program. The 23rd annual sessions will be held June 9-14 at Black Hills State University (BHSU) in Spearfish and June 23-28 at The University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion.

YBA is open to current juniors interested in gaining entrepreneurial skills or who may be planning business and professional careers. The purpose of the program is to help students learn more about the business world in a stimulating week with a variety of activities designed to prove "you can learn while having fun." YBA 2001 participant Grant Austin from Lemmon High School said, "The program is an invaluable tool for everyone. It increases people's knowledge of business and helps develop human interaction skills."

Melanie Haynes from Philip High School said, "YBA taught me that the choices I make now will affect my future. The part that impressed me the most was how a group of 12 teenagers came together in less than a week to run a company. It was awesome!"

The YBA program is sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a statewide business organization located in Pierre. Students and educators are sponsored through contributions from South Dakota's business community.

While attending YBA, students will have the opportunity to compete for $500 scholarships to attend a college or technical institute of their choice in South Dakota. In addition, student and educator participants may gain two college credits for participation in the program.

Educator Susan Van Tassel from Midland High School said, "The week was an excellent opportunity for the students to glean pertinent information about the world of business. They worked hard, but they also had time for a lot of fun activities. I enjoyed the chance to meet and work with students form across the state. It was a great experience."

Interested juniors should contact their high school counselor or business teacher for an application form. For more information contact: sdyba@dtgnet.com or call YBA at 1-800-742-8112. If accepted, students pay only a $100 registration fee and provide their own transportation to and from the campus.

Application deadline is Feb. 15.

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