NEYES Mentoring Partnership Trains Young Entrepreneurs

What better way to get young people excited about business than to bring students and experienced business professionals together. The Harbour Youth Center at Community Care Alliance has the students and New England Youth Entrepreneurship Society (NEYES) has the mentors, making a perfect match for this exciting approach to training young people. 

Program leader, Alan Calbi, Advisor, Enterprise Product Innovation & Development at CVS Health along with CVS colleagues Rick Yang, Mitt Coats, Sam Gutiérrez, Maya Lloyd and Vinesh Kapil met for six weeks with young entrepreneurs at The Harbour. 

Mentors introduced business concepts to these enthusiastic students and together they developed individual ideas for start-up businesses, building on fundamental skills learned in the process. Students are paid during their mentorship, and end the program pitching their business in a professional setting.   Business models reflected each student’s personality and interests, and their enthusiasm was evident in the pitch that was given along with an illustrative slideshow. 

Anyone interested in getting involved as a mentor or as a participant can contact David Magrane, Community Care Alliance Employment Specialist, at The Harbour Youth Center, 401-744-2946. 

"I enjoyed the class because it was fun, helpful, and a great experience. I am happy I learned new skills I could use to build a future business. I need to be organized and be able to problem solve quickly. Working with my mentor was very helpful! They helped me brainstorm my ideas and think of things in a new specific way for starting a business." 

—Yanisbelis Pica, Student

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