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: 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:

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Announces National Sponsorship of Youth About Business

ATLANTA – SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) is pleased to announce a national sponsorship of Youth About Business (YAB). Founded in 1992, YAB is a leadership-training program for youth in underserved communities that aims to introduce high school students to the world of business and finance. The program seeks to enable students to escape the cycle of “hopelessness” that occurs far too often in communities across America.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our financial professionals to mentor students, encourage them to think about a career in business or finance, and help them achieve the financial confidence to live a life well spent. Without an organization like Youth About Business, many underserved youth would miss the opportunity to gain invaluable experience that will help prepare them for their future professional careers,” said John Gregg, chairman & CEO of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.

As a part of the onUp movement launched by SunTrust, STRH will leverage its national Corporate and Investment Banking presence to engage YAB students. Leading STRH’s efforts will be Erin Watson, managing director and head of strategy, who has been appointed to the YAB National Advisory Board. Watson has responsibility for overseeing the firm’s analyst, associate, and intern programs. In addition, STRH will provide support to YAB’s camps held throughout the year by serving as instructors and judges for competitions, as well as contributing toward scholarships for competing students.

“We are thrilled to have SunTrust Robinson Humphrey join in supporting our mission to expose youth across the country to the business world. Our experiential learning model has proven to help foster the development of business literacy and leadership skills that are necessary to be successful in school and in life. We are grateful to be able to continue our ongoing work due to the generous support of our partners like SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, and we are looking forward to continuing to cultivate our programs and reach even more at-risk youth,” added Sam Kirk, founder of Youth About Business.

YAB currently operates in Tennessee, New York, Illinois, Georgia and Texas, and will soon expand into the Western and Mid-Atlantic regions. Since the founding of YAB, more than 7,000 students have participated in one or more of its educational components. Students who participate in YAB’s programs boast a 98 percent high school graduation rate with many pursuing degrees at two- and four-year colleges, compared to a rate of 68 percent in some areas of the country.

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About SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey® is the trade name for the corporate and investment banking services of SunTrust Banks, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Securities and strategic advisory services are provided by SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., member FINRA and SIPC. │ SunTrust Robinson Humphrey has extensive experience working with public and private companies of all sizes – from emerging growth to the Fortune 500. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey offers a complete array of solutions for companies across all industries while providing in-depth industry expertise and dedicated corporate and investment banking practices for certain core sectors, including business services, financial sponsors, building products, healthcare, consumer and retail, media and communications, energy, transportation, financial services and technology, and real estate. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s internet address is www.suntrustrh.com.

About Youth About Business
Youth About Business is a leadership-training program for youth in underserved communities that aims to introduce high school students to the world of business and finance. Founded in 1992 as a project of Creating an Environment of Success (CES), a Tennessee based 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, YAB offers multiple programs that provide entrepreneurial and leadership training to high school students in Chicago, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, and New York. Additional information about YAB can be found at http://www.youthaboutbusiness.org/ or at www.facebook.com/YouthAboutBusiness.

The Huffington Post: How Business Leaders Can Engage Young People and Help Them Rise Above Their Circumstances

Is America’s current educational delivery system producing the desired results for business and industry today? Despite instant access to infinite information thanks to modern advances in technology, many of today’s students are bored of the traditional classroom setting. Check out Sam Kirk’s full article about education as a viable alternative to getting into trouble on The Huffington Post.