Serving up pizza

Estrella Barrera, left, Bear Jackson and Allen Blanchard serve a slice of pizza to customer Carl Dooley last week at a farmers market stand they are operating as part of Neighbors For Kids’ Entrepreneurship Program.

Estrella Barrera attended Career Tech High School to help identify a business she might be interested in pursuing, and — for the time being, at least — she's done that.

Some day, she hopes to own one.

Barrera is among a group of middle- and high school-age students or recent graduates who have taken advantage of the Neighbors For Kids' Youth Entrepreneurship Program designed to open doors for aspiring youth to get started in the business field.

"My dream is to one day own a business," said Barrera, who has developed “Starlicious Cookies and Treats.” “So, it's definitely shown me that you need a lot of effort and help from all the people you can get. It's showed me how to manage a business, how to actually run a business."

The second-year program, which utilizes skills and business practices learned from Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE, pronounced nifty) curriculum, is designed to inspire youth from low-income communities to recognize lucrative financial opportunities and plan for successful futures.

For the full story, pick up the Sept. 12 edition of The News Guard or read it online in our e-edition.



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