YETI youth ready to chart own economic futures

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16 Oct 2020


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The Youth Entrepreneurs Training Initiative [YETI] has given William Bundt and Naomi Lenkenhoff the skills they need for tomorrow’s jobs.

This was the key takeaway from the Stony Plain and Spruce Grove resident’s remarks once they were recognized as high achievers after participating in the summer program that provides $1,000 for budding businessmen and women. It is overseen by the Community Futures Capital Region office out of Stony Plain and was made more challenging because of COVID-19 and its impact globally and on Canada overall.

“Before we were supposed to push it COVID-19 hit and so connection with the kids was split,” Troy Stuckey, a teacher at Memorial Composite High School who supports the program said. “I put an announcement at the school to try and get people aware but we did not have that in-person connection anymore. There were still good numbers and that was a really good sign. Kids often dont get this kind of opportunity.”

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