Empowering

Young Entrepreneurs

Program

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MISSION

To help underserved youth cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset and prepare them to one day contribute to Puerto Rico's socio-economic development.

GOAL

To provide students with limited economic resources with the experiences, knowledge, skills, mentorship, and personal discover their potential to become successful entrepreneurs from an early age.

MODEL

The Empowering Young Entrepreneurs (EYES Program) provides high school students in Puerto Rico with the tools, coaching, and opportunities needed to develop an entrepreneurial mindset focused on technology. The EYES Program encompasses two projects: Bravo Challenge for Youth, which launched in 2022, and Update && Upgrade, coming in 2023.

The EYES Program encompasses two projects:

BRAVO CHALLENGE FOR YOUTH

Launched in 2022

UPDATE && UPGRADE

Project coming in 2023

Our Pilot Project seeks to foster a new generation of young entrepreneurs by equipping them with abilities and skills that will last a lifetime. The program consists of three 16-week stages completed over 3 years, and a follow-up session after program completion. The curriculum includes entrepreneurial skills, soft skills, hard skills, and self-knowledge tools.

Embarking on different experiences will help participants discover their path and potential.

THE STAGES ARE:

Awareness

During this stage, the participants will be exposed to entrepreneurial skills, soft skills, self-knowledge tools, and interaction with other participants.

Exploration

The participants will explore business opportunities and strive to identify and synthesize their interests, skills, and attitudes.

Decision Making and Preparation

The young entrepreneurs will receive guidance to help them define the academic path that will serve as the foundation for their entrepreneurial journey.

Follow-Up

After graduating high school, program alumni who are enrolled in college will receive access to a series of webinars, seminars, and networking events. They may also participate in activities related to other stages of the program.

Each of these stages comes with a tailored curriculum that focuses on business skills found in the Thoma Bravo Playbook, the operating model used by Bravo Family Foundation founder, Orlando Bravo, to run hundreds of companies over the last 20+ years.

The program also offers students access to community experiences that develop their sense of social responsibility. At the end of each stage, the students present their entrepreneurship ideas and experiences at the “Bravo Day!”.

BENEFITS

Inspiration

Skill Set Development

Introduction to Business Fundamentals

Ongoing Support

Mentorship & Community

Networking

Financial Stipend*

*Received at the end of the program

REQUIREMENTS

Below you will find the requirements each participant will need to apply:

Must be a high school student, in Puerto Rico.

Attend school in one of two main areas of Puerto Rico: Noreste and Oeste

Commitment and support from the parents or guardians.

The Support Agreement must be uploaded with the application. Click here to download it.

Access to transportation to comply with each meeting on Saturdays.

Starting in September, the program will take place in the following locations:

Northeast Region
Universidad Ana G. Méndez - Carolina’s Campus

West Coast Region
Universidad Ana G. Méndez
– Cabo Rojo’s Campus

Fill out the online application below, and include the following:

A letter of recommendation from the school made by the director of the school, a counselor, or a teacher. It must include their contact information on the registration form.

A 200-word paragraph expressing your interest in participating in the Bravo Challenge for Youth program.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations is required.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?

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