Bayless Entrepreneurship Program to Help Youth Build Skills, Mindset to Create Successful Enterprises
PHOENIX – Knowing the value of creating meaningful, good-paying jobs for teens in under-resourced communities, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Justin Bayless has donated $500,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley.
The funds will be used to equip youth with the tools and resources they need to become successful small business owners, particularly in growing trade and in-demand fields that do not require a college degree.
The program will be an extension of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley’s AZYouthforce, which helps teens explore their career options while preparing for and connecting with workplace opportunities. “Through the Bayless Entrepreneurship Program, we will set these youth on a path to success by teaching them essential business skills, harnessing their entrepreneurial creativity and helping them transform their ideas into tangible enterprises,” Justin Bayless said.
Funding from the Bayless family will expand the initiative by enabling teens to earn an academic certificate, gain additional real-world advice through one-on-one mentoring with academic and business leaders, and develop a customized business plan with the potential to win seed money for its implementation.