Wichita BizFest to offer high school students unique learning opportunity

During a four-day intensive training period from Feb. 21-24, approximately 20 high school juniors and seniors in the Wichita metropolitan area will be on the campus of Friends University to learn a variety of life skills, leadership skills and business techniques.

Wichita BizFest is sponsored by the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Friends University, Wichita Public Schools (USD 259), and the Kansas Hispanic & Latino American Affairs Commission (KHLAAC).

Wichita BizFest focuses on helping students turn hobbies and skills into profit-making ventures, establish entrepreneurial and leadership goals, create plans for business and life, and become effective leaders and team players. Additionally, students learn the art of networking in business environments, identifying investment opportunities, implementing money management skills and making public presentations.

Students will gain entrepreneurial experience, economic literacy, improved skills in math, reading, writing and verbal communication as they gain workforce readiness. During the event, students have access to adult volunteer mentors, who help them create feasible business plans.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.