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Watts ‘Parks in the Dark’ program adds entrepreneur training

Enrollment dates are June 14, and June 23, at the newly renovated Ted Watkins Park, Los Angeles

Compton Herald | Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur Educational Center computer lab at the Watts Computer Learning Center. Photo courtesy EECI

“Miracle’s Young Adult Entrepreneur Program” gives students building blocks of entrepreneurial success

LOS ANGELES — Young adults ages 16-26 with a desire to own or run a business, have an opportunity this summer when the L.A. County Parks After Dark (PAD) program adds the Entrepreneur Educational Center, Inc.’s (EECI) “Miracle’s Young Adult Entrepreneur Program” (MYAEP) to its activities list.

Two enrollment dates are scheduled at the newly renovated Ted Watkins Park, 1335 E. 103rd St., Los Angeles [MAP], on June 14, from 6-10 p.m., and June 23, at “The Business Plan” seminar, from 5-7 p.m. in the park’s Edna Aliewine Room.

Miracle’s YAEP classes commence the following week in the Watts Computer Learning Center equipped with 20 state-of-the-art workstations. Students will learn the building blocks of entrepreneurial success and leave with a preliminary business plan that includes entry strategies, management team building, and marketing and finance as their deliverables at the end of the 9-month program.

Compton Herald | Miracle Treasure McGowan

Miracle Treasure McGowan, a 15-year-old high school student tragically gunned down in January. Miracle McGowan family photo.

The program is named in honor of Watts native Miracle Treasure McGowan, a 15-year-old student at Ánimo College Prep Academy charter student at David Starr Jordan High School, who tragically lost her life in January this year to a random gunman while sitting in the family car with her mother who was also wounded.

Ted Watkins Park Manager Tenesha Ware remembers McCowan as someone who loved her community.

“Miracle was [also] a tireless volunteer and had her heart set on attending college and using her skills to give back and improve the neighborhood she grew up in,” said Ware. “Miracle and I planned for her to work at the park while she went to college. Everyone loved Miracle, and her family feels this program will represent the goodness and upward mobility [we] saw for her future.”

Miracle’s aspirations represent the motivation behind EECI, which was founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in 1989 by Dr. Richard H. Buskirk, the late educator and director of the USC Entrepreneur Program; Barbara J. Stanton, his assistant and former USC program specialist; and Bernadette G. Robert, a vice president at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

EECI is committed to assist and educate multi-cultural entrepreneurs, youth-at-risk, “handicapable” entrepreneurs, and people re-entering society to start or expand their small businesses in the underserviced communities of Watts, Willowbrook, Compton, Gardena, Southgate, and Lynwood.

“By introducing the benefits of small business, these young adults can be the future business owners,” said Barbara J. Stanton, senior consultant of the program. “Being introduced to business, often in high school, is critical so they can take business courses in college. It opens the opportunity to inherit and keep the family (business) heritage, to create employment, and to increase the dollars in the community.

“EECI believes the outcomes of its courses will demonstrate the ability of young adults to identify opportunities, explore their concept’s viability, develop preliminary business plans, and become our next leaders in the business world,” Stanton said.

The Miracle’s YAEP is sponsored by Cathay Bank, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, EverTrust Bank, First Republic Bank, First Credit Bank, Boston Private Bank and Trust, and the L.A. County Parks After Dark initiative. Supporters include Popeye’s Chicken, Estee Lauder, and AMC Theatres.

For more information contact EECI at (323) 757-7506.

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