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Youth Entrepreneurship Program at Crenshaw wraps with a Pitch Challenge

The Youth Entrepreneurship Program at Crenshaw wrapped up the year recently with a YEP-Pitch Challenge. The program, which met weekly second semester, was developed by the Stark County Minority Business Association with the goal of helping students cultivate ideas into a successful business plan.

Students worked with coaches from local businesses each week to learn how to create a thriving business. They worked in teams to develop a business idea and presented their pitch to a panel of judges from the local business community. 

Each team did a fantastic job and the winner was the team called "I-Repair," made up of Julian Brown, Gabrielle Waggoner, and Cameron Rivers. Their concept was to fix all types of cell phones and other technology products like i-pads and all computers. 

The other teams were "Sensational Sensations" with members Reygan Padgett, Christian Martinez, and Aniyah Bailey-Gooden; "Haily's Helpers" with team members Brody Gentol, Elizabeth Collier, and Haley Albritain; and "Limitless Transportation," consisting of Amena Juma, Ka'Masje Bennett, and Olga Sauceda. 

While the winning team was supposed to each receive 100 shares of HOF village stock and a $500 voucher for college, the SCMBA surprised the entire group this week and gave these prizes to all of the participants!