46th Annual Society for Case Research & Global Jesuit Case Series Summer Workshop 2024

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Laquita Joyner-McGraw, University of New Haven

Bridging Futures: Empowering Marginalized Youth through Entrepreneurship and Early College Experiences

Youth Entrepreneurs initiated a transformative program that brought high school students from marginalized communities in Greater New Haven to a college campus for a summer enrichment program. This program provided students who had previously lacked resources and support with an immersive college experience where they earned college credits and participated in a dynamic startup pitch competition. Over time, the program has expanded from a summer initiative to a year-round engagement, equipping high school students with the skills to start businesses and continue their entrepreneurial journeys.