Mentorship

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Let us help you make your business even better!

YouthBiz pairs aspiring youth entrepreneurs with a mentor who is an adult business leader to help guide business strategy and development.  Mentors are approved by Young Americans staff.

Process

  1. Read through the eligibility requirements to ensure this program is a right fit for you.
  2. Fill out the application form:
  3. Youth: select your top 3 mentors, or let us pair you based on your business industry and experience.
  4. We will contact you if you are accepted into the Mentorship program.
  5. Create an agenda for your first meeting, or use our sample.
  6. We will set up your first meeting at Young Americans.  A parent/guardian and a YouthBiz staff member must be present.
  7. Schedule future meetings together.  Include a parent/guardian.  Meetings can always be held at Young Americans with advanced notice.
  8. After three months, complete a questionnaire about your experience.

Eligibility

Youth Eligibility Requirements

  • Business idea finalized
  • Have made at least one sale
  • Initial startup funds secured

Mentor Eligibility Requirements

  • Small, medium, large business owner or leader, or entrepreneurship experience
  • Availability and eagerness to meet with mentee at least twice to address business goals
  • Must clear a background check
  • Must complete follow-up questionnaire about experience

Available Mentors

Click on the Mentor’s name to read a bio.

Jake Calzavara

Title Analyst
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Bruce Fowler

Managing Director
Fairfield & Woods

Theron Guerra

Sales and Marketing Manager
Woodridge Software

Reid Levy

CEO
Land Home Buyer

Chris Onan

Venture financier

Megan Ranegar

Community Manager
Yelp

Joanna Shear

Financial Consultant

Anna Leer

Vice President
YouthBiz

Maite Wantwadi

Coordinator
YouthBiz

Committed Mentors

These Mentors have already been matched with a youth entrepreneur.

Jim Doolittle

Owner
Colorado Home Invest, LLC

Steve Weaver

Founder
Impacted Wraps and Graphics, ExpIrMore, Boat Juice