Artists & Entrepreneurs: Youth Arts Graduation 2011

Youth Create Small Businesses

Teens in PBCIP's youth arts program recently celebrated graduation from this year's session and also announced start-up of their entrepreneurial ventures at an event held at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County Parkside Clubhouse. The youth were recognized by PBCIP and their parents as the ABC6 camera rolled for a shout-out aired later that day on the evening news.

The small business education component was added to guide the youth in making responsible choices with the allocation of a stipend they received for participating in the art program. The unit on entrepreneurship, led by Mutual of Omaha representative and business entrepreneur Valerie Trent, introduced business concepts and included writing a business plan, market research, supply and demand concepts, and much more.

PBCIP's Youth Arts program this year included units on photography, mask making and tile art. In 2010, youth in the arts program created a public art sculpture, guided by artist Leon Reid IV. The sculpture is now in the approval and production stage and will be installed on Haddon Avenue in 2012.

Click here for photos of the PBCIP Youth Arts Graduation 2011.