Calexico Youth Entrepreneurship Competition


Calexico, Calif. – February 22, 2013 – The California Foundation fund at Alliant International University hosted a two-day entrepreneurial training and student competition, the Calexico Youth Entrepreneurship Program – Synthesized (YEPS) [], February 22nd and 23rd of 2013 at the San Diego State Imperial Valley campus.

YEPS is a unique program that targets high school seniors who are identified through an application process as promising young entrepreneurs. The program and its curriculum, created by The California Foundation Fund, is taught by senior faculty of the School of Management, [] focusing on two critical components – leadership and entrepreneurship training.

Students participated in the program’s academic components, developed a viable business idea and turned it into a business plan, which they presented to a panel of judges. Three winners will be awarded a scholarship. They will also be invited to continue on to the YEPS implementation phase where they will be mentored to help them launch and manage their business venture.

The program is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank along with multiple non-profits and local volunteers. “Wells Fargo understands the central role of education in preparing individuals for success in the workplace,” said Joe Mishriki, Wells Fargo’s Desert Border Area President. “Providing high quality educational opportunities to previously underserved communities, like Calexico is part of our commitment to the region we serve, and supporting the California Foundation Fund fits nicely into this effort.”

YEPS is the result of a collaborative effort between Alliant International University [], Calexico High School, Wells Fargo Bank, the California Foundation Fund [], and California Centers for International Trade Development.

About Alliant International University
Alliant International University is a WASC accredited private, non-profit university that emphasizes the practical application of theory and research to prepare students for professional careers in psychology and mental health, education, business and management, international affairs, forensic studies and law. Created in 2001 by the merger of two legacy institutions, its combined institutional history in higher education dates back over 100 years. Headquartered in San Diego and San Francisco, Alliant has additional campuses in Los Angeles, Irvine, Fresno, Sacramento and Mexico City with accredited programs in Hong Kong and Tokyo. For more details, visit

About the California Foundation Fund
The California Foundation Fund (CAFF), is an independent non-profit corporation who’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for the State’s low-income population. CAFF’s team of executives in educational management, behavioral science, research and financial industries develop and execute a narrow set of high impact and replicable financial education programs within culturally similar communities. CAFF provides financial educators the tools and training required to deliver personal finance and business management instruction. CAFF fosters collaboration between community based organizations and education institutions to improve and track financial literacy efforts. CAFF’s current programs in financial capacity research, youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy instructor certification were created with the support and supervision of the California Financial Curriculum Council (CFCC). CFCC is a standards board created by CAFF to help expand and enhance financial literacy.

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