Most of the students in the University system have expected to get a college education their whole lives. However, much of the youth in California cities have to resist the pressures to seek wage pay jobs and other distractions. Many also experience an absence of adequate parental support to pursue higher education. Although college-age minorities make up almost half of the college age population in California, they are very underrepresented in the University of California and state university system. In the next two years all the state-funded University outreach programs for high school and middle school students will be eliminated. In order to continue the achievement of minorities, an independent outreach program is necessary in local, state and national settings to motivate students to pursue heightened goals, such as a college education. The Gumball Foundation program and curriculum is a self sufficient foundation seeking to engage middle school and high school students in an extracurricular business program. The Foundation grants scholarships to students who apply and meet the eligible criteria. The Foundation’s business program component enables students to run their own small scale vending machine business and use that as an incentive to save up and attend a four year institution. Students will go through a curriculum that will teach them invaluable business skill sets that they can incorporate into their lives post graduation.
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