Cumberland County Youth Leadership Academy Tutors Kids to Become Business Owners

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VINELAND, N.J. -

A program in Cumberland County is giving young entrepreneurs a chance to follow their dreams.

On Wednesday, February 6th, the Family Strengthening Network, in coordination with Shiloh Baptist Church, held Week Two of their eight-week Cumberland County Youth Leadership Academy program.

The program supports local teens as they work on their goal to become young business owners.

Each week students work on their Teen Entrepreneur Curriculum and welcomes local business leaders to speak to the class.

Last night's speaker said he hopes this program will help give kids the courage to follow their dreams and never give up.

"I just want to have an impact of encouraging someone else to go after their dream and at the first instance of failure make a decision to keep going," said Regional Vice President for the Hickman Group, Terrence Hickman.

Yesterday, the group of young entrepreneurs had the chance to define their business idea and complete a volunteer project, creating and donating Valentine's to local senior citizens.

The Cumberland County Youth Leadership Academy will end with a Shark Tank-type presentation, with awards for business start-up being given to the top three young entrepreneurs.

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