Students develop Schulich initiative for Black and Indigenous high school students
York University's Schulich School of Business will soon be launching its Business Excellence Academy, a business education and mentorship program supporting 60 Black and Indigenous Ontario high school students this summer.
This program was conceived by four Schulich undergraduate students – Rebecca Jodhan (BBA ’21), Brittany Rossi (BBA ’21), Joy Zhang (BBA ’21) and Kim Tram (BBA ’21) – to help high school students discover the limitless career streams related to business. It will provide opportunities to build connections with business professionals, network with Schulich students and become more successful university applicants.
“The Schulich Business Excellence Academy is a one-of-a-kind program for high school students to discover the exciting opportunities in business – exploring topics such as marketing, finance and entrepreneurship, all under the mentorship of students from one of Canada’s top business schools,” said Rossi.
The first cohort of students will take part in an intensive one-month program in July, with two-hour classes running four evenings a week. Sessions will be a combination of guest speaker discussions followed by interactive activities led by Schulich undergraduate students. The final session will allow program participants to exercise the skills they have learned by taking part in a case competition, followed by a closing ceremony. Upon program completion, high school students will receive a certificate of completion.
“What I love about the Business Excellence Academy is that it is a student-led initiative and supported by our faculty and staff, all working together toward the shared goal of greater Black and Indigenous representation at our School,” said Interim Dean Detlev Zwick.
Registration for program participants starts in May, and we will also be hosting an information session in May. To learn more and apply, visit the official page here.
For any additional questions, reach out to BEAcademy@schulich.yorku.ca.