Youth Business Adventure hosts area participants Youth Business Adventure (YBA) recently completed its 24th year, hosting over 250 high school seniors, educators and business executives from across the state during two week-long sessions. The first session was held at Black Hills State University in Spearfish while the second session was held at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Local participants included Jason Holoch, Sarah Roetman and Geng Wang from Vermillion High School. Educators Marlys Larson from Vermillion High School and Sharon Hanson from Vermillion Middle School also attended the YBA program.
Volunteer business executives Ted Muenster from the USD Foundation and Nathan Schock, USD Media Relations, served as mentors from the business community for the week, and former YBA participant Dan Holoch was invited to return as a volunteer student assistant.
Pat Wingen of Aaladin Industries Inc. in Elk Point is chair of the YBA Advisory Board and served as campus chair for the USD session.
During the week, the students and educators gained vital information about the business world from those who work and live in the world, the business executives or "Company Advisors." Both educators and students also 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 through contributions from generous South Dakota business, corporate, and individual sponsors. Local sponsors include Phase 2 Solutions, Inc.; The Vermillion Civic Council and the Vermillion Rotary Club.
In addition to the speakers on many aspects of the business world, tours of area businesses, and a management simulation, the week included competition in a Business Quiz Bowl, production of one minute TV 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 to a live performance by Christy Lee Anderson and Barry Pitt in Spearfish and a performance by the Dakota Baroque musical ensemble at the National Music Museum in Vermillion.
Preparations are currently underway for the 25th anniversary sessions of the Youth Business Adventure program in June, 2004. For further information about the YBA program, contact the local participants, or call the YBA office at 1-800-742-8112.