As the 2018 Young Entrepreneur Mentorship Program (YEMP) comes to a close, we look back with pride, at the 19 students that were selected to participate in this, the 12th year of the program!
Starting in early July, the students were employed across a diverse mix of businesses that offered skills in retail, hospitality, fashion, health & wellness, design and technology. Working 10 hours a week, these YEMP participants were employed at local Myrtle Avenue businesses and for the first time, through the Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator, located in the Pfizer building in south Williamsburg.
Our student’s responsibilities ranged from to customer service, stocking, inventory and retail organization and upkeep, 3D printer maintenance, fabric dying and sample making, to setting up events in the newly opened Myrtle Avenue Plaza and working tables at local street fairs. The skills learned during the 7-week program help students create a tool-kit of skills and experiences that they can take from the program and into all of their future endeavors, while getting a valuable head start on job experience. In addition to their work hours, the students participated in two workshops about the working world. Before working at the Fashion Accelerator, students were also enrolled in a 7- week design entrepreneur class at Pratt Institute that was completed before their placement at businesses within the Accelerator.
We would like to give a big thanks to the Myrtle Avenue and Pratt’s Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator businesses that opened their doors to our students, mentoring and supporting their growth while helping to create a path to success! This truly would not be possible without you!
Participating Myrtle Avenue Businesses
- Vitality Health & Wellness Bar
- Champion’s Taekwondo
- Jill Lindsey
- Putnam’s Pub & Cooker
- Scared Yoga Brooklyn
- Green in BKLYN
- Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership
Participating Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator Businesses
The YEMP 2018-2019 Program would not be possible without the generous support of the following sponsors:
- The Gilbert Rivera Charitable Foundation
- Emmanuel Baptist Church
- Con Edison
- Pratt Center for Community Development
YEMP is a summer employment and mentorship program for local youth where teens gain valuable paid work experiences. The program places teens to work with Myrtle Avenue businesses and other organizations to learn important business and creative problem-solving skills. The competitive application process only accommodates 25 high school teens per year.