Summer Business Camp 2019

Students In New York City during our 2019 Basic Camp

Youth About Business is a year round program with lots of opportunities to get involved. The intensive opportunities were during our Leadership Development Business Camps that took place during the summer months in Atlanta, Nashville and New York City! During the week long program, students had the chance to interact with seasoned executives who provide skilled-based learning as they competed in a merger and acquisition simulation. The winning teams from each of our camps have the chance to compete against all of the winning regional teams across the country at our “Championship Camp” in New York City. Returning students, have a second opportunity to compete and learn during our Advanced Camp taking place at Vanderbilt University. This year we evolved the Advanced Camp into our technology camp to further prepare students for careers in technology.  

NFL’s LaDainian Tomlinson to be Honored at YAB’s 25th-Year Gala

LaDainian Tomlinson is is the honoree for this year because, just like YAB, he is committed to “preparing tomorrow’s leaders today.”

LaDainian Tomlinson is an American professional gridiron football player who was one of the most productive running backs in NFL history. He was born June 23, 1979 in Rosebud, Texas. He finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 2000 and was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft in 2001. In 2006, he broke both Shaun Alexander’s record for most touchdowns scored in one season and the one for most single-season points scored. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.

LaDainian (fondly known as LT) wants to see young people achieve all that they can accomplish. He has started The LaDainian Tomlinson Preparatory Academy to prepare student athletes for success on the field but also in life. We are excited to recognize him as our honoree for our 25th-Year Youth About Business Celebration as his integrity on and off the field has been stellar. LT is the honoree for this year because, just as we are, he is committed to “preparing tomorrow’s leaders today.”

This year’s celebrations will take place Nov. 9 in Atlanta, Nov. 16 in New York, and Nov. 30 in Nashville.

For more information on our 25th-Year Celebrations, read our gala PDF.

(This photo has been cropped and licensed for use. Photo Credit: MC2 Jesse Monford)

YAB Volunteer Perspectives: Lawyer Matt Mamak

My job is to guide YAB students and show them what they can expect when they finish school and finally get a job “out there” so that whether they become lawyers, accountants, investment bankers or seek to enter any other field they are passionate about, they will have the tools they need and will be better prepared to face the challenges that crop up in the day-to-day work world.

Matt MamakI became a lawyer for a lot of reasons. One of those reasons was to give back, and one of the best ways to give back is to volunteer.

The Youth About Business program was a perfect fit for me right from the start. It’s about paying it forward and working with kids. I can hardly believe that I’ve been a part of this great organization for 15 years now. Time sure flies when you’re having fun, and working with teenagers and helping them figure out who they are going to become is a privilege. I love every minute of it!

The Summer Business Camp Program experience is a chance for high school students to see up close what it means to be part of the real world. These teenagers are amazing. They are polished, poised, smart and polite. They are driven and focused and their thought-provoking questions astound me. The way I see it, my job is to guide them and show them what they can expect when they finish school and finally get a job “out there” so that whether they become lawyers, accountants, investment bankers or seek to enter any other field they are passionate about, they will have the tools they need and will be better prepared to face the challenges that crop up in the day-to-day work world.

My discussions with the Youth About Business summer business kids varies from day to day. One day, I may be explaining the steps to performing due diligence in a law firm, and the next day I will find myself helping a group of students tweak their oral presentation, which is due at the end of the summer. But, no matter what I’m doing with them, it’s a two-way street. They are learning from me and I am definitely learning from them. These kids have tunnel vision. They want to make it. All they need is a little help. I am proud to be a part of their lives and offer any assistance and guidance that I can to ensure that they succeed. There is nothing like a 16-year-old asking you a business transaction question that can blow you away!

Youth About Business affords these students a chance to work with volunteers like me and to get firsthand experience with experts in the trenches. That is my favorite part of volunteering and why I continue to work with Youth About Business year after year. I get to help talented and terrific kids who may not have had many opportunities if it weren’t for this life-altering program. And yes, it’s true that the students get an inside look at what I do for a living, but the really important part for me is that I get to help these incredible young people see what is possible for them if they work hard and stay on track.

My goal is to inspire them to be the best they can be no matter what professional path they pursue, but my number one reason for working with these amazing young leaders of tomorrow is because they keep me grounded and they inspire me every single day.

2017 Championship Camp Teams Prepare for Final Competition

Championship Camp students have demonstrated their knowledge in business and skill at teamwork. Now they are gathered at Columbia University for one more chance to take home the title of National YAB Champions as well as stock in a major company.

Championship Camp session

Congratulations to everyone who made it to the final round of competition in this year’s Youth About Business summer programs – Championship Camp!

Championship Camp students have demonstrated their knowledge in business and skill at teamwork. Now they are gathered at Columbia University for one more chance to take home the title of National YAB Champions as well as stock in a major company.

Throughout the week these students will participate in sessions on business concepts and operations, visit some of the world’s largest corporations, and enjoy outings in the city as they continue to develop their intellectual and interpersonal skills in preparation to become the next generation of leaders.

This year’s Championship Camp teams are listed below, and each team shared with YAB thoughts on their approach to this week’s competition.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Nicholas Pena, Ryan Henry, Gabriel Hill, Namiah Hughes

We have a smaller team so we we are going to have to be more cohesive – be more involved as a whole and communicate between each other about what we’re working on.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Sondra Bagley, Kaleb Mack, Jhanvi Desai, Zachary Jackson

This team says their experiences at the YAB Basic and Advanced Camps will help them tackle the challenge of Championship Camp.

We’re already communicating well, we’re good presenters, good at answering questions, and good with numbers.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Celeste Jackson, Joshua Jeon, Kevan Washington, Katelyn Edwards

We’re a really well-rounded team. We know our stuff, we’re prepared and we’re coming ready to win.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Jeremy Fant, Kate Rives, Khushi Joshi, Marteas Johnson, Joshua Mack

This team says they won’t let the increased intensity and complexity of the Championship Camp case hold them back.

We’re focused, we’re ready to fight and we’re ten steps ahead.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Anthoneik Tatum, Jayden Mulligan, Stella Harkness, Thomas Lieber, Javian Bogan

The team worked together earlier this month at the Basic Columbia Camp, and they say with a little more effort and a lot more sleep, they can come out as a top-performing team.

We did it before and we can do it again. Our team brings every side of the C suite alive. We put our heads together, we’re competitive.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Christopher Jones, Dwight Levy, Kyla Bursey, Dylan France

We are all dedicated and interested in winning. We want to work our hardest and believe that if we give our best, we will receive the best.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Socrates Raftis, Jennifer Huang, Chyna Broodie, Miles Moody, Zoe Klenke

The team previously worked together at Basic Camp and says that that will help them with this new competition.

Now that we know our set roles from last [camp] we can work to better our understanding of the company we have and use that knowledge.

Our team is very well-equipped to handle the challenges of this program. Our team is also very diverse and we all complement each other. We’re all ready to face this challenge.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Courtney McCants, Sameer Chowdhury, Arnav Gupta, William Dionne

The stakes are higher, so all of us are going to increase our work effort.

Our main focus is to have extremely strong research – looking through all the forms like 10ks and outside research as well – so that we can have a competitive advantage against the other teams.

Championship Camp session
Team Members: Adrian Guo, Jaskaran Singh, Jerry Sun, Philip Meng, Sunny Hu

This team says they are ready to take on the challenges of Champ Camp now that they are working as a larger company in this round of competition.

We work really well together and we’ve gotten to know each other really well over the past few weeks. We were a good team to begin with in the first week, so I think we’re even better now.

Meet Our Interns: Autumn

I chose to be an intern because I truly understand the value of this organization. The relationships that Mr. Kirk has developed are unmatched and I wanted to be able to contribute to giving students like myself exposure to the business world. 

AutumnName: Autumn Smith
School: Georgia State University
Major: Finance 
Years of YAB Participation: 2

Why did you choose to intern at YAB?
I chose to be an intern because I truly understand the value of this organization. The relationships that Mr. Kirk has developed are unmatched and I wanted to be able to contribute to giving students like myself exposure to the business world.

How has your perspective of YAB changed now that you have graduated out of the program?
Now that I’ve finished the program I think that I can truly reflect on the level of exposure and rigor of the cases. While you’re in camp you don’t really know any better and you just kind of adapt to what you’re given. However, from the outside looking in and as a college student, it is very evident how competitive this program is.

What impact has YAB had for you now that you are out of high school?
With the help of my parents and other mentors YAB has definitely contributed to my success not only in my career, but in life in general. The skills that you learn through the program, such as critical thinking and the ability to work with a team, are all skills that you need no matter what field you choose to go in.

What do you do as an intern at YAB?
I am currently responsible for coordinating all of the executive volunteer logistics for all of the various camps across the country.

What is your favorite part of interning at YAB?
My favorite part is definitely the interaction with the students. It’s amazing to watch how engaged and passionate they are about the material, especially because I’ve been in their shoes before.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
My goal is to work at Bloomberg in the Business News department!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I did a study abroad program in 6th grade in Turkey to learn about the language and culture of the Middle East.

What is your favorite hobby?
In my free time I enjoy giving back to the community. I started a nonprofit organization with my Mom, where we put together events such as feeding the homeless, school supply drives for less fortunate children and giving spa days to women in domestic violence shelters.

Meet Our Interns: Ebonee

My favorite part of my internship is working with my team to produce positive outcomes throughout all camps so that camp is an enjoyable and impactful experience for each student.

JyotiName: Ebonee Bell
School: Tuskegee University
Major: Finance with a minor in international affairs
Years of YAB Participation: 2

Why did you choose to intern at YAB? 
I chose to intern at YAB to help someone else discover their passion and interest in business.

How has your perspective of YAB changed now that you have graduated out of the program?
I went to a new local pizza joint that is near headquarters, and had a quick conversation with the owner. I found out that he was a YAB alumnus, and he told me that the program had a heavy influence on his interest in entrepreneurship. My perspective is still the same – this program is changing lives and impacting this very community.

What impact has YAB had for you now that you are out of high school? 

YAB has had a heavy influence on my prospective career path and my current major.

What do you do as an intern at YAB? 
My responsibilities are alumni outreach, office management, budget and check requisition, and organizing our Championship Camp.

What is your favorite part of interning at YAB? 
My favorite part of my internship is working with my team to produce positive outcomes throughout all camps so that camp is an enjoyable and impactful experience for each student.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself settling down in a corporate company and expanding my own company, preparing to make the transition to self-employment.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I have a passion for helping other youth discover their power and true potential and channeling it to their success in the futures.

Meet Our Interns: Jude

YAB has improved my confidence level and also trained me to be more engaging often leading me to take up leadership role for a group assignment or project in college.

Jude
Name: Jude Wilfred Nogotey
School: University of Ghana-Legon
Major: Actuarial Science
Years of YAB Participation: 1

Why did you choose to intern at YAB?
I believe it has the capacity to offer me the training that I will require to build an entrepreneur character.

How has your perspective of YAB changed now that you have graduated out of the program?
My perspective of YAB has changed from being a stressful camp to a life-changing summer camp for any teenager or high school student willing to develop skills for a business career.

What impact has YAB had for you now that you are out of high school?
YAB has improved my confidence level and also trained me to be more engaging often leading me to take up leadership role for a group assignment or project in college.

What do you do as an intern at YAB?
I am in charge of the running of Wall Street Conference.

What is your favorite part of interning at YAB?
It is an opportunity to learn and explore new things, and network with the corporate world.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself as a successful entrepreneur owning multimillion companies.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
Reading autobiographies of successful men and women all over the world. I can do it all day.

What are your hobbies / what is your favorite hobby?
Playing soccer and listening to inspirational music.

Meet Our Interns: Maya

My favorite part about interning for YAB is getting to work with all of the kids and seeing their knowledge about business grow throughout the week.

MayaName: Maya Brown
School: University of Virginia – McIntire School of Commerce
Major: Finance/Marketing & Spanish
Years of YAB Participation: 4

Why did you choose to intern at YAB?
Given that I participated in the program for so long, I have always felt a connection to YAB. Youth About Business has given me opportunities to explore the world of finance at an early age, and I have not looked back since! I just wanted to become apart of executing something and helping other kids learn about the industry as well.

How has your perspective of YAB changed now that you have graduated out of the program?
When I was in the program I looked at YAB as a learning opportunity and a chance to meet other students from around the country who had similar interests.

Now, I find that YAB has been a key resource for me in a lot of ways. I look at it more from its message to give back to the community.

What do you do as an intern at YAB?
As an intern for YAB, I help execute the summer business camp in terms of travel and keeping track of the students in the program.

What is your favorite part of interning at YAB?
My favorite part about interning for YAB is getting to work with all of the kids and seeing their knowledge about business grow throughout the week.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself doing a job that I love!

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I played in a tennis match against Malia Obama in high school.

What is your favorite hobby?
One of my favorite hobbies at school is being apart of a fashion organization that gives back to the community. I get to creatively put together a fashion show, be apart of it and connect with friends as well!

Meet Our Interns: Jyoti

I chose to be an intern so that I could facilitate in creating an enriching environment for high school students. I want students to have a great experience at YAB, just like I did.

JyotiName: Jyoti Makhijani
School: University of Georgia
Major: Marketing and a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences
Years of YAB Participation: 2

Why did you choose to intern at YAB?
I chose to be an intern so that I could facilitate in creating an enriching environment for high school students as they participate in merger and acquisition transaction simulations. I want students to have a great experience at YAB, just like I did.

How has your perspective of YAB changed now that you have graduated out of the program?
I have realized that even though YAB’s curriculum is business related, the program really teaches you life lessons. I developed my networking skills, communication skills, ability to critically think and research efficiently.

What impact has YAB had for you now that you are out of high school?
As a high school student, I saw YAB as a fun, yet challenging summer camp, but I never really understood the level of impact it could have on me. YAB has taught me that if I can read and understand a 10K at age 15, then I can achieve any goal or deliverable if I put my mind to it.

What do you do as an intern at YAB?
As an intern at YAB, we get to wear many hats and critically think about issues. We have the opportunity to help run all the summer YAB business camps as well as prep for them in the office.

What is your favorite part of interning at YAB?
Working with the students is by far my favorite part of interning at YAB.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself as the CEO of a marketing agency.

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I’ve lived about half of my life in India.

What is a talent that you have?
I can shoot a 10/10 with an air rifle on a target 10 meters away.

Youth About Business in The Tennessee Tribune

Earlier this month, Jason Luntz, Social Media Director at The Tennessee Tribune, stopped by our office in Nashville to learn more about Youth About Business and our upcoming events, including the student production of Beauty and The Beast. The show will be held from 2/10-2/14 at the Manna from Heaven Dinner House in Nashville.

Watch the full interview featuring Founder Sam Kirk, and our students, here: