Angeles, CA The National Center for American Indian Enterprise
Development (NCAIED) announced Jennifer Villalobos as this year's
honoree for their "NCAIED Youth Entrepreneurship Award."
Villalobos, a member
of the Tohono O'odham Nation, and her consulting company, Varenchik
& Associates, was chosen from a highly competitive field of
nominees. She will be presented with the award at this year's
Reservation Economic Summit on Thursday, February 12th in Las
Vegas, NV at the Riviera Casino and Conference Center.
NCAIED Youth Entrepreneurship Award is presented to a successful
American Indian Youth Entrepreneur, American Indian Youth Entrepreneurship
project or to an advisor, volunteer, or counselor working with American
Indian youth on entrepreneurial endeavors.
is an incredible honor and quite honestly what I'm most excited
about is the new doors this will open for Native American youth,"
says Jennifer Villalobos. "My consulting firm is absolutely
committed to creating solutions for people to get out of poverty,
take control of their future and build successful businesses."
consulting firm, Varenchik & Associates, specializes in bringing
workshops to tribal communities and Native American urban centers.
The workshops cover a number of
important training topics like building healthy relationships, developing
job readiness skills and entrepreneurship.
NCAIED Youth Entrepreneurship Award is nominated by NCAIED stakeholders,
which include our Resource Council and Board of Directors. The Resource
Council is made up of about fifty Fortune 500 National Corporations
who have a vested interest in the success of minority, specifically
American Indian, businesses. The NCAIED
Board of Directors is 100% Native American and is also actively
involved in nominating award recipients. Ultimately, an award selection
committee is formed with representatives from the council, board,
and staff who make the final award selection.
Indian opportunities for our youth are the focus of what we are
trying to achieve economically in Indian Country," says Ken
Robbins, President/CEO of the NCAIED. "The Youth Entrepreneurship
Award is very significant because it's imperative that American
Indian youth are aware of what obstacles and prospects they will
face in the business world. Jennifer Villalobos has portrayed excellent
entrepreneurial spirit and we're honored that she will be recognized
as the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year at RES 2004."
has an extensive background in theater, a degree from St. Mary's
College of California in Psychology and a significant amount of
training in workshop development and public speaking. She volunteers
as a mentor for the Southern California Indian Center's workshops
in the southern California area and is looking for avenues
to bring that information to as many Native American communities
the assistance of some great strategic alliance partners and the
encouragement of my mentors, I am working toward attacking poverty
in our Native American community in a new way," says Villalobos.