The Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program

The Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program (EETP) is a program designed by The Center for Social Leadership to help disadvantaged youth become economically self-sufficient. CSL’s President and founder, Dr. Anthony Silard, has developed the EETP from 25+ years of experience in leadership training.

The Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program (EETP) is a unique 14-week experiential program that teaches low-income youth the following skill areas required to either make or take a high-wage job: entrepreneurship skills and work readiness skills.

After completing the EETP, students will have:

Work Readiness Skills

  • developed a polished resume with the 1-on-1 assistance of a working professional
  • attended job shadowing field trips to 4 major companies and learned how to operate a copier, multi-line phone and filing system
  • experienced a mock interview with a Human Resources Manager
  • written office memos, cover letters and resumés using MS Word

Entrepreneurship Skills

  • learned how to read and write income statements and balance sheets (using MS Excel)
  • written a business plan (using MS Word and Excel) and presented it to a panel of businesspeople from the local community
  • discussed case studies tracking the growth of businesses launched by local entrepreneurs

Micro-Venture Program

During and after the EETP, students will have the option of creating a business plan and seeking funding for it through the Micro-Venture Program.

How Does the EETP Work?

The EETP takes place either after-school from 3:45 - 6 p.m. two days per week or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. After each at-risk youth (1) gains employable skills via the 14-week in-class phase of the EETP, G.E.P.’s Follow-up Services and Business Incubator begin. G.E.P.’s Follow-up Services Coordinator helps each EETP graduate find access to (2) higher education and employment opportunities via arranging job interviews and summer internships, providing college guidance, connecting youth with professional and college mentors, and providing technical assistance with resumés, cover letters and business plans and (3) start-up capital to launch their own micro-enterprises.

Why the EETP? Read about the community need identified by the EETP

Who participates? Read about the young people targeted by the EETP

Is the EETP effective? Read some of the past results and evaluation of the EETP

Who enables the EETP to operate? Read about some of the past sponsors of the EETP

Contact CSL if you are interested in setting up a Entrepreneurship and Employment Training Program at your high school or youth organization, or for youth in a region or subject area that is one of your funding priorities.