Biz Kids

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Biz Kid$ program provides interactive, applied business and entrepreneurial education to city youth ages 10-18. The components that make up the Biz Kid$ program are:    

Biz Kid$ Camp - The largest and longest running component of the Biz Kid$ program, the week-long camp lays the foundation of entrepreneurship knowledge. Four camps are held throughout the year free-of-charge to City of Rochester residents ages 10 to 18 and are offered to Monroe County residents for a small fee. Each camp’s 20 to 25 youth participants receive useful supplies such as a book bag, calculator, business card holder, writing utensils, and personal business cards as well as breakfast and lunch each day.    

Biz Kid$ and Beyond - Graduates of the Biz Kid$ camp are invited to attend special one day seminars held four to six times throughout the year to deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship as well as keep them excited about starting their businesses. Typical sized groups of 30 participants gain hands on experience in fields such as supply and demand, banking and credit, taxes and licenses, product design, business management and customer relations. Topics are supplemented by field trips to local companies which have a professional focus in one of the fields or simulations such as creating a working economy or keeping a budget.    

Biz Kid$ Real - Each year, a team of 10 Biz Kid$ camp graduates are tasked with creating a healthy snack made of New York State produce to be packaged and sold at the Rochester Public Market. The team must go through all of the steps typical to business development including planning, research, and production, marketing and sales. Participants meet on a monthly basis from October to June at which time they become paid employees under the City of Rochester’s Summer of Opportunities program.  This is a collaboration between the City of Rochester Bureau of Recreation’s Biz Kid$ program and the Rochester Public Market.    

Biz Kid$ Staff are:    

Kirmani Scott – Program Coordinator
Jeff Reese - Recreation Supervisor- Lead Instructor
Chad Rieflin - Director of Programs & Grants, CCCS of Rochester-Lead Instructor    

 2018 Biz Kid$ Camps    

 Summer Camp,
July 9 - 13  and  August 6 - 10; 9 a.m.  - 4 p.m. 
Danforth Community Center, 200 West Ave