The BCAZ is developing a Trailblazers program that will provide a four (4) to six (6) week course in which children from traditionally under-represented minority groups come together to learn, explore and challenge truths about their current and future economic impact on the world in which they live and play. Held in small to medium group settings, the youth will engage in interactive educational activities that are aligned around the BCAZ’s Entrepreneurial Training Program. Participants will attend one program per week with each program lasting not more than one and one-half (1.5) hours. The goal of the program is to ignite the spark that lies within our youth by introducing them to the science and art of business from of lens most familiar to them. Upon completion, the BCAZ is confident that it will have increased entrepreneurship and college-going expectations alongside a strong spirit of citizenship and community service.
Young Black Entrepreneurs – A Millennial Sharks Movement!
Borrowing liberally from Shark Tank, the critically-acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, Young Black Entrepreneurs is a culturally defining opportunity for budding businesses owned and operated by young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30. The Sharks – theorized today as a compilation of tough, self-made, wealthy Arizona individuals and/or leader from research institutions – will search to identify or possibly invest in the best businesses and products that the Millennial Sharks have to offer. The program should include a minimum of five (5) millennial sharks with a targeted selection of at least one placement after the program.
Mini Health Care Segments
Screenagers: In conjunction with Phoenix Union and other south central middle or high schools, host a showing of Screenagers. Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists’ solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. This film is followed by a question-and-answer segment that can be further adapted to address the economic impacts of the challenges identified, and the impacts those challenges will have on, to and for our local, national and global economies.
Youth Signature Health Care Series – segments adapted from the Signature Health Care Series and tailored to youth.