Youth Development

Youthbiz, Inc.

  • Denver, CO
  • www.youthbiz.org

Mission Statement

The mission of YouthBiz is to advance the social and
economic empowerment of youth through a focus on entrepreneurship, education,
and community leadershi” eight inner-city
teens and a local leader started the organization to teach job and life skills
to youth from some of Denver’s most underserved communities. In the twenty
years since, YouthBiz has served over 4,500 youth and distributed over $1.2
million-dollars through academically-enriched afterschool and summer programs.

Service Areas

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Colorado

YouthBiz serves youth from the Denver metro-area.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Brandy Bertram

Keywords

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youth, entrepreneurship, leadership, social entrepreneurship, venture support, community leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, educational leadership, youth development, economic development, financial literacy, future planning, technology, communication

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EIN

84-1212586

 Number

5155486034

Physical Address

3280 Downing Street, Suite C

Denver, CO 80205

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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2012 will mark YouthBiz’s 20th Anniversary of providing afterschool programming to Denver’s middle and high school aged community with the intention of advancing the social and economic empowerment of youth through a focus on entrepreneurship, education and community leadershitalented staff and remarkable youth who together, have kept us
focused and relevant through two decades of service.

Perhaps most central to our organizational success is a shared set of
beliefs and values that motivate and inform our actions.  Every
YouthBiz stakeholder shares a belief that our young people are capable
of manifesting, and actively pursuing, success for themselves and their
community.  We believe in their power and potential as social and
economic leaders and we envision a future where they are the driving
force behind the educational, business and community initiatives shaping
and improving our neighborhoods.  As such, we believe that our role is
to create programs and foster environments that are efficient and
conducive to the exploration and experience of leadership, and that
challenge our participants to think and act entrepreneurially.
The youth that come to YouthBiz are, as mentioned, remarkable. They
are smart, tenacious, resilient and determined. They strive to own
businesses, not just be employed by them. They want to create the
solutions to the social challenges facing them and their peers, instead
of allowing themselves to be defined by stereotypes and statistics. They
don’t want to just be accepted into a college, they want to lead their
class in scholarships acquired. That is why, in 2012, YouthBiz will
undergo a dramatic programmatic overhaul that will take our programming
beyond basic skills development, into intensive leadership study and
youth-led venture launch. By seizing this strategic opportunity we will
benefit our youth by increasing the scope, scale and sustainability of
our services, and open our organization up to new revenue streams.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Tier 1 Basics Program: Is based on the "three legged stool of success" of business, academics and leadership skills development. Youth are tested on vocabulary words and learn techniques that help them with academic challenges. They develop and practice leadership skills that enhance their personal and group interactions. They also focus on public speaking, community service, computer literacy, resume writing, completing job applications, and much more. Tier 2 Advanced: Takes the basic skills learned to the next step with more indepth learning. They acquire business skills through hands-on training through YouthInk, their own screen printing business. They focus on the components of business such as marketing, sales, customer service, and production.

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Service Areas

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Colorado

YouthBiz serves youth from the Denver metro-area.

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YouthBiz Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Youthbiz, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Brandy Bertram

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Hello,I am
thrilled to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of YouthBiz, as of January 2012. It is inspiring to join an organization
that was founded by entrepreneurial youth from this community in response to
the very real challenges they experienced. Carrying on the pioneering spirit of our eight young
founders, I look forward to building our organizational capacity to support the
development and application of entrepreneurial, educational and community
leadership skills. 

My
professional journey to YouthBiz began in 1999 at a downtown youth drop in
center where I volunteered as a business coach. Within a year, I was leading a
youth entrepreneurship program that provided business skill development, access
to markets and critical start-up financing for young business owners ages
14-24. I knew then, as I do now, that equipping youth with the skills and
experience necessary to create prosperity through entrepreneurial action, was
my life’s work.

In preparation for my role as Executive Director, I have
developed a continuum of cross-sector management experience that includes a practiced
understanding of collaboration building, youth enterprise and financial
education program implementation, financial oversight and revenue generation.   My professional training includes
service as Director of Operations and Finance at Donelson Ciancio & Goodwin
Chief Operating Officer at Denver Venture School, Training &
Enterprise Specialist at Making Cents International, and Deputy Director at
Micro Business Development.

I invite you to join us now as we
walk boldly forward into the future, advancing the social and economic empowerment
of youth through the development of entrepreneurial, educational and community
leaders.

I would
love the opportunity to share our plans with you, and brainstorm ways to
collaborate in this growth. It promises to be very exciting! Please contact me
at brandy@youthbiz.org(mailto:brandy@youthbiz.org) or
720.974.5111 with any questions or if you would like to schedule a meeting.

Brandy
Bertram | Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Natalia Ballinger

Greenburg Traurig

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