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)

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.

2015 YAB Winner’s Announcement

Youth About Business (YAB) is proud to announce the winners of their 2015 Championship Summer Business Camp. In a mock merger and acquisition deal with three potential outcomes, the winning team of students, representing Tesla, a well-known American motor manufacturer, was awarded for their comprehensive business proposal. They presented a strategy to determine which bidder would create the best value for their shareholders in a potential acquisition of their company.  The bidders were Nissan and Apple.  The winning students listed below received stock in a publicly traded company.

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YAB hosts summer business camps in three core markets throughout the country – Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta and New York City. The winner of each region then moves on to participate in the Championship Camp. This year’s Championship Camp was hosted at Columbia University with the presentations taking place at the Sony US headquarters in New York City.

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Throughout the weeklong camp, students were advised by attorneys, accountants, investment bankers and many other executives to understand the mechanics of M&A business transactions. Each student was assigned a role on the representative company’s executive team, including CEO, COO, CFO, CMO and CHRO, throughout the week to create a true immersion experience. After meticulous calculations of public company records, research and strategic forward thinking, the students were challenged to present their business plan to a panel of judges.

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The winning team members include:

  • Vyshnavi Parthipan, Stuyvesant High School, New York
  • Bonnie Fan, Stuyvesant High School, New York
  • Crystal Rodriguez, Discovery High School, New York
  • Anthony Jones, Donelson Christian Academy, Nashville

 

Meet the winning team below:

Vyshnavi Parthipan
Eleventh grade Stuyvesant High School student Vyshnavi Parthipan participated in the 2015 Championship Summer Business Camp and found herself on the winning team. Incredibly focused, she is also talented writer who was determined to do her best to help her team of peers.

Bonnie Fan
Bonnie, an aspiring architect, used her critical thinking to help her team become the 2015 Summer Business Camp Champion. Highly motivated, Bonnie faced every challenge during camp with a positive attitude and was a problem solver every step of the way.

Crystal Rodriguez
Crystal Rodriguez, from Discovery High School, located in the Bronx had an interest in business and decided to attend this year’s Championship Summer Business Camp. Her natural curiosity and continuous drive for success made her an asset to this year’s winning squad.

Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones, a freshman at Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville, TN was part of this year’s 2015 Championship Summer Business Camp winning team. With a career interest in business, Jones was instrumental in helping his team to think outside the box. Besides his interest in business, Jones enjoys art.

National Reporting Metrics 2014

Greetings from Youth About Business Headquarters!

We are excited to have had another tremendously successful summer. Youth About Business (YAB) saw nearly 600 students go through our Leadership Development Program, through our Summer Business Camps, training centers, and year-round programming where students build upon their Summer Business Camp training.

YAB would like to thank the 500+ volunteers that gave their time and/or resources to help us have such a successful year. From advising students on how to research their due diligence to hosting our students for career luncheons, our executive volunteers had a major impact on our students.

Before we release our year-end report, this brief report is being distributed to key stakeholders. The metrics included in this report help depict the backgrounds from which our students come, as well as some of the outcomes. YAB is focused on helping youth from underserved communities, but we have students from many different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. As we continue to grow as an organization, we will continue to expand our metrics.

For over 22 years, Youth About Business has been greatly impacting the lives of our youth across the country. Our unique, experiential model continue to improve our youth’s outlook on their own futures, with 98% of our students going on to graduate high school and over 90% attend four-year universities.

Our students have tremendous belief that be successful in their careers and by looking at our alumni in industry, we have no doubt that they will be! We are grateful to all supporters, from individuals to foundations to corporate partners and sponsors, for all the time and resources contributed. We will continue working hard to prepare tomorrow’s leaders today!

Please read pdf to learn more 

Excellence is the Standard,
Samuel E. Kirk
Founder & Executive Director, Youth About Business