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 2006 participant Chelsie Kennedy from Webster High School said, "YBA has been an adventure. I learned so much in one week, along with meeting new people. In the future, I am considering business marketing; the Emerging Entrepreneur project let me do just that. Thank you to everyone who made this possible." Travis McVay from Sioux Falls Lincoln High School said, "My favorite part of YBA was the business simulation. It taught me about what it takes to run a business. YBA has helped me decide that I would like to open a business in the future. It was a great experience." Little Wound High School senior Deana Milk commented, "I learned from everything YBA provided. It has changed my way of thinking of career choices. It made me think more about my future. The speakers gave us a lot of information about business in South Dakota."
The YBA program is sponsored by the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and 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 South Dakota college or technical institute. In addition, student and educator participants may gain two college credits from participation in the program. Educator Jacque Liebl from Menno High School said, "YBA is a great experience for students and educators. It was a fun-filled week on a high par. We were engaged in activities, tours and speakers. It truly was an exciting week. It was fun to be around the business education atmosphere where the students had a great time learning a lot about business."
Interested juniors should contact their high school counselor or business teacher for an application form. Application deadline is Feb. 9. For more information, contact email@example.com, visit the YBA Web site, www.yba-sd.org, or call YBA at 1-800-742-8112. When accepted, students pay only a $150 registration fee and provide their own transportation to and from the campus.