Young people of color in low-to-moderate income communities rarely see themselves as future successful entrepreneurs. WETATi (We're Empowered To Achieve The impossible) is changing that narrative by providing students from middle school through college with practical learning opportunities. Through hands-on coursework and one-on-one coaching, students learn about financial management, entrepreneurship, and workforce development while practicing the soft skills they need to secure employment. Every week, they complete a practical assignment that challenges them to experience a real-life workforce scenario. At termís end, they are either certified as an Entrepreneur or Entrepreneurial Employee. Students who participate in the iDEA Lab take an idea from inception to implementation ó culminating in an annual pitch competition where everyone receives valuable feedback from adult business owners; winners are supported in starting their own businesses. WETATi makes economic empowerment possible ó one student at a time.

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