Heights Youth Club members attend minority business dinner
Heights Youth Club was one of two organizations chosen by the Northern Ohio Minority Business Council to participate in an event recognizing corporations, educational and government agencies, and minority business enterprises for their commitment to diversity and economic development. NOMBC, an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, facilitates sustainable business relationships over a 38 county area in Northern Ohio.
Last year's NOMBC Awards Dinner emphasized relationships between youth and minority business enterprises that extend opportunities to educate and inspire future leaders. The evening's theme, "Inspiring Minority Business Entrepreneurs for the Next Millennium," aimed to engage youth in hopes that they can benefit and grow as the next generation of entrepreneurs in Northern Ohio.
Heights Youth Club members Brenika Gross, Saphira Derrico, Gisele Edwards, Benetta Steward, Richard Blackmon, Pasquinel Averyheart, Marlon Steen, Clayton Harris, Alex Mincy and Lamarco Battle were selected to attend the awards dinner based on their participation in HYC's Charles Schwab Money Matters program, which teaches basic business and money management, and their volunteer efforts at the club.
The 10 youth club attendees had an additional surprise when Eaton Corporation, an event sponsor, presented each of them with brand new Hewlett-Packard laptop computer after the event.
"There was a great deal of anticipation at the club when representatives of Eaton and HP presented the computers. It was very exciting to see the computers themselves and to see the teens’ reactions to their brand-new ‘hooked-up’ laptops," said club director Roscoe Morgan.
The teens also received a crash-course on how to use their new machines effectively.
“It was an honor to meet Donna Brazil of CNN and the entire night was a great opportunity,” said Heights High junior Pasquinel Averyheart.
Heights Youth Club is located at 2065 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. Call 216-321-CLUB (2582) for more information or to participate in a Wednesday evening facility tour.
Jeff Haynes is the assistant club director at the Heights Youth Club.