Kentucky Student Ventures Corp. is looking for low-income 18- to-24-year-olds who want work experience and training to start their own businesses.
After three days of unpaid orientation next week, the Green Youth Entrepreneur Program will include 10 days of entrepreneurship training and six weeks of work at a Lexington-area business. Participants will be paid $7.25 an hour for 30 hours a week of work and training.
Kentucky Student Ventures also is looking for businesses to hire and mentor the students. Training costs and student wages are being funded through federal stimulus money administered by the Bluegrass Area Development District.
"This will give young people some of the training they need to start their own business," said Bobby Clark, CEO of the Clark Group, who formed Kentucky Student Ventures.
At the end of the eight-week program, students will present a business plan to Community Ventures Corp., which will help promising students seek funding for their businesses.
"We hope this program will put (the students) in a better position to get a job, even if they aren't able to start their own business," Clark said.
The student application deadline is Monday. For more information, call (859) 233-0236 or go to www.kystudentventures.org .