High School students in Evanston will have the chance to learn about running their own businesses in a new program this summer sponsored by Youth Organization Umbrella.

YOU’s executive director, Seth Green, says the program seeks to spark youngsters’ imagination about their future “by having them learn about various career pathways in an educational setting and then having coaches help them think about their own long-term aspirations.”

The free Youth Entrepreneurship Summer, or YES! Camp, program, will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. every weekday from June 18 through July 19.

Information sessions for students and parents about the program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on May 1 and 8 in Room W201 at Evanston Township High School, with a free dinner provided.

Program applications are due by May 14 and are available online.

Green says there’s a lot of evidence that such career planning exposure is a highly effective tool for improving academic and career outcomes for low-income youths.

Top: An image from a YES! Camp promotional mailing.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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