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Young Entrepreneurs Society (YES)
... was founded in Orange, MA in 1998 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2000. YES has since helped 2,000+ young people chart their own paths to prosperity through entrepreneurship, job readiness and financial education. It created the Odd Job Squad (OJS) to help youth earn money, build skills and gain experience doing odd jobs for neighbors. It developed BizVenture! to help them learn how to start their own businesses. YES members won the USDA-4-Council Cooperative Business Plan Competition with a plan that enabled YES to acquire adjoining buildings in historic downtown Orange and launch the YES BizCenter (a copy-fax-UPS shop) and Teen Cyber Cafe. The Cyber Cafe helped residents overcome the "digital divide" from 2004-2009, while the member-operated BizCenter continues to provide youth with hands-on job training and work experience. YES HQ is home to Phil Harmonix Studio, a recording-rehearsal facilty and other activities, which have included MoneySmarts! (financial literacy); TechVenture! (computer literacy); YouthTube (digital storytelling); and Learn 2 Earn (job readiness); TechACCESS (livelihood education for youth with disabilities); Tapestry Teens (a reproductive health campaign); and North Quabbin Young Leaders' Council (youth leadership). In 2010, YES created the BizVenture Series-an annual series of educational business, social entrepreneurship and invention activities, events and contests-to expand BizVenture! and Odd Job Squad across 50 rural towns covering 1,200 square miles.

la at yes-inc dot org 

Community Action Youth Programs
... inspires young people to build community in partnership with guiding adults. CAYP provides free youth development programs for young people ages 9-21 in the Hampshire, Franklin, and North Quabbin regions including youth groups, individual case management, and community events. It specializes in leadership development, community service and engagement, employment readiness, and diversity support (including gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity). Projects and events offer a way for youth to get involved with short-term community service projects and community events, such as a neighborhood clean-up, hosting a community meal, and a series of youth led workshops on topics ranging from the arts, to self esteem, to becoming an entrepreneur. Programs include Shout Out! (community service learning for ages 14-19); Youth VOICE (Voicing Our Ideas through Community Engagement, for ages 16-19); Generation Q & TREE (confidential social and support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their straight allies, and opportunities for trans identified and gender non-conforming youth, all for youth ages 12-21); Youth Works (skill-building program focused on employment support, advocacy, and education for income-eligible youth, ages 14-21); Employment Readiness Support (individual supports in education or employment for ages 14-21); and Open Act ( after-school group for early adolescents).

youthprograms at communityaction dot us

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