Stephanie Foxworth, a December, 2010 GED graduate from J.O.G. our WAY, will be honored as Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for Northeast Ohio by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) at the 2012 Global Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in New York City on Wednesday, April 18. Foxworth created Elaborate Dips, a micro-business that produces and sells specialty, gift-wrapped, chocolate-covered fruit as part of her participation in the JOG (Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates) and Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) E-City BizCamp during June of 2011.
BizCamps help young people understand and develop an entrepreneurial spirit. During the two week camp, students envision a product or service, develop a business plan, and present their plans to a panel of judges. Stephanie’s was judged best among those presented at the JOG-sponsored Akron BizCamp. It was also deemed tops in the E-City region that includes Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain and Summit Counties.
As part of her award, Foxworth will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City, a cash award of $500.00, a commemorative award recognizing her as one of NFTE’s top young entrepreneurs and the opportunity to display her business and sell her products to the attendees at a Global Business Expo held immediately before NFTE’s Dare to Dream Gala. More information on the event and on NFTE can be found at http://www.nfte.com/what/dare-to-dream-awards-gala. More information on JOG our WAY is available at http://www.facebook.com/JOGourWAY. To learn more about the Y.O.U. E-City program, visit http://www.youthopportunities.org/entrepreneurship.aspx.