Youth Entrepreneurs Atlanta stages fall kickoff

Youth Entrepreneurs Atlanta will stage its fall kickoff for the new school year for the program that teaches high school students free-enterprise fundamentals through hands-on learning activities. 

The event will be held Thursday, September 17, 2009, beginning at 10 a.m. at The New Schools at Carver. Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall, Georgia-Pacific CEO Jim Hannan, and Elizabeth Koch will participate in the event.

Mrs. Koch, who along with her husband, Charles Koch, chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, founded Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas and Youth Entrepreneurs Atlanta. Mrs. Koch and Youth Entrepreneurs Atlanta recently donated $10,000 to the 21st Century Atlanta Scholars Program to support 21st Century Atlanta Scholars students majoring in science and engineering.

Through the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, Youth Entrepreneurs Atlanta funds teacher training and support, program management and curriculum development for 10th and 11th grade students at all Atlanta Public Schools high schools.  Georgia-Pacific has committed more than $1 million in staff and support to the school district for this initiative.

Launched in 2006, the program’s goal is to spark student interest in owning their own businesses and creating value as employees by taking ownership of their careers.

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