Dignity of Children’s entrepreneurship competition Young Sharks gives students the opportunity to develop a business pitch or prototype that addresses a contemporary issue of their choice. Teams of high school and middle school students learn about entrepreneurial concepts, business basics, and product design. The teams then formulate their own business proposal and present their ideas to a panel of real-life experts. The winning teams are awarded $1,350 to bring their product to life.
This year, we were lucky to have a number of esteemed judges participate in the Young Sharks competition. These business professionals were able to ask thoughtful questions and offer valuable advice to the participants, and will continue to support them in developing their ideas throughout the year.
Read more about our Young Sharks 2020 Judges below!
Joyce Duverce is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). She directly supervises the unit that creates amazing events such as the Young Sharks.
Jennifer Joseph is founder and CEO of Yucca Naturals, an all natural vegan products company. Yucca Naturals is a start-up company providing natural plant-based alternative medicine for those coping with daily pain and inflammation.
Monica Grant is the CEO and Founder of Young Boss Media, Inc., a social impact media production company based in New York City. She is also CEO of Young Boss Media Activist Institute, a non-for-profit focused on increasing social justice activism and entrepreneurship among youth via media training.
Roger Scott is Head of Product at Goodnation. Roger defines and builds products, features, and capabilities that optimize philanthropic giving and culture by matching donors with top-performing charities to create real impact.
Tuesday P. Brooks, MBA is a business owner, educator, and trusted tax & accounting advisor. Her company, Ajoy Management Enterprise (AJOY), is committed to improving profitability of micro and small business enterprises. Her keen knowledge in the area of accounting for small business, makes bookkeeping, tax compliance, credit readiness and cash flow management accessible to early-stage business owners. To date, she has educated more than 2,600 aspiring entrepreneurs.
David Johnson is Vice President in Technology Sourcing at Barclays. His role is to develop purchasing and contracting strategies for software and the services attached to it.
Darryl Rattray is the Associate Commissioner for Youth Services and Strategic Partnerships at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Darryl was a key staff member in the development of the Out-of-School Time initiative in 2005, and in 2006, received a New York City Excellence in Technology Award for Demonstrated Excellence by an Agency Manager for Advancing Technology. He was recognized for playing a crucial role in the development of DYCD’s after-school enrollment and attendance tracking system as well as the online payroll system for the Summer Youth Employment Program. In 2009, Darryl helped launch the Cornerstone program initiative. The Cornerstone Initiative provides engaging activities year-round for adults and young people. The Cornerstone programs are located at 94 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Community Centers throughout the five boroughs. Darryl has served New York City communities for over three decades, starting with organizing, directing and advocating for youth in the West Farms section of the Bronx. He was a Beacon participant in 1991.
Stay tuned for more information about Young Sharks, as well as other Dignity of Children programs!