Alliant to Host International Youth Entrepreneurship Competition

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – March 6, 2012 – Alliant International University will host a three-day entrepreneurial training and student competition, the International Youth Entrepreneurship Program – Synthesized (YEPS), March 14 through 17, 2012 at its San Diego campus.

YEPS is a unique program that targets San Diego County high school seniors from lower income areas with large Latino populations, who are identified through an application process as promising young entrepreneurs. The program and its curriculum, created by The California Foundation Fund, will be taught at Alliant by senior faculty of the School of Management, focusing on two critical components – leadership and entrepreneurship training.
 
Special guest speakers at the entrepreneurial training sessions include local business leaders Alex Montoya, manager of Latino relations for the San Diego Padres, Ruben Garcia, district director of the U.S. Small Business Association and Ivan Sandoval, business specialist for Wells Fargo.
 
Students will participate in the program’s academic components, develop a viable business idea and turn it into a business plan, which will be presented to a panel of judges. Three winners will be awarded a scholarship and an iPad2. They will also be invited to continue on to the YEPS implementation phase where they will be mentored to help them launch and manage their business venture. 
 
“Alliant understands the central role of education in preparing individuals for success in the workplace,” said Alliant School of Management Dean, Dr. Chet Haskell. “Providing high quality educational opportunities to previously underserved communities, like San Diego’s vital Latino community, is part of our commitment to the region we serve; hosting YEPS fits nicely into this effort.”
 
The YEPS program is part of Financial Education Week, a week-long financial literacy series organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, designed to help the Latino community within the county learn about and access resources that can help them attain financial security.  
 
“We are very pleased to have YEPS as a valuable component to the Financial Education Week this year,” indicated Remedios Gómez Arnau, consul general of Mexico in San Diego. She added that, on Saturday March 17, the last day of the FEW, there will be a free financial education fair with Spanish-language workshops to be held from 9 AM to 2 PM at the South County Regional Education Center in National City (800 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950). The event will also highlight an award ceremony for the winners of the YEPS competition. 
 
Both YEPS and the financial education fair in National City are the result of a collaborative effort between Alliant International University, the Consulate General of Mexico, the Office of the Mayor of National City, the California Foundation Fund, the San Diego County Office of Education, the National City Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo, New York Life, Alianza Network, Acción, Comunidad Primero, California Centers for International Trade Development and La Vista Memorial Park.
 
About Alliant International University
Alliant International University is a WASC accredited private, non-profit university that emphasizes the practical application of theory and research to prepare students for professional careers in psychology and mental health, education, business and management, international affairs, forensic studies and law. Created in 2001 by the merger of two legacy institutions, its combined institutional history in higher education dates back over 100 years. Headquartered in San Diego and San Francisco, Alliant has additional campuses in Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Sacramento and Mexico City with accredited programs in Hong Kong and Tokyo. For more details, visit
www.Alliant.edu .
 
About the California Foundation Fund
The California Foundation Fund (CAFF), is an independent non-profit corporation who's mission is to break the cycle of poverty for the State’s low-income population. CAFF's team of executives in educational management, behavioral science, research and financial industries develop and execute a narrow set of high impact and replicable financial education programs within culturally similar communities. CAFF provides financial educators the tools and training required to deliver personal finance and business management instruction. CAFF fosters collaboration between community based organizations and education institutions to improve and track financial literacy efforts. CAFF's current programs in financial capacity research, youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy instructor certification were created with the support and supervision of the California Financial Curriculum Council (CFCC). CFCC is a standards board created by CAFF to help expand and enhance financial literacy.
 
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