YBA marks milestones

YBA marks milestones
Youth Business Adventure (YBA) recently completed its 27th annual sessions, hosting 221 high school seniors, along with 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 was held at Mount Marty College in Yankton. Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck marked YBA's 10th anniversary on the BHSU campus by proclaiming June 11-17 as "YBA Week in Spearfish, SD."

Retiring BHSU President Tom Flickema also presented YBA with the campus "Partners in Education-Friend of BHSU" award. Another milestone was reached as YBA welcomed it 5,000th student participant on registration day at the Mount Marty College session, Brandon DeBoer from Deuel High School, Clear Lake.

Local participants included Andrew Manning from Vermillion High School. Volunteer business executive Karl Johnson (eTelecare Global Solutions) served as a company advisor (business mentor) during the MMC session. Pat Wingen, president of AaLadin Industries, Inc. and YBA board president, served as a judge for the Emerging Entrepreneur presentations (business plan competition).

During the week, the students and educators gained vital information about the business world from those who work and live in that world, the business executives or "company advisors" and volunteer speakers from the business world. 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 and 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 First Band & Trust in Vermillion, Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and the Civic Council, and First Premier Bank in Wakonda.

In addition to speakers on many aspects of the business world, a tour of area business, and a management simulation, the week included competition in a Business Quiz Bowl, production of one-minute TV commercials, company logo design, participation in a problem-solving activity, and presentations of business plans made by the individual companies before a panel of volunteer judges. Students were entertained with evening activities of bowling, swimming, karaoke and a dance.

Preparations are currently underway for the 28th annual sessions of the Youth Business Adventure program in June, 2007. Sessions will be held June 10-15 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish and June 24-29 at Mount Marty College in Yankton. The daily newsletters from both 2006 campuses and closing slide shows can be found on the YBA Web site: www.yba-sd.org, along with more information about the YBA program. For further information about Youth Business Adventure, contact local participants or call the YBA office at 1-800-742-8112.

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