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One of our hallmark programs for future leaders is our Summer Business and Leadership Institute held on five college campuses of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Loyola Marymount University (LMU); University of Southern California (USC); California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA); and California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). To receive an application for the 2014 Summer Business and Leadership Institute, please click here.
During SBLI, participants are taught by talented MBA graduates from top universities. They also create business plans, invest in a $100,000 fictitious stock portfolio, go on field trips to fortune 500 companies and leading institutions and corporations, create a personalized action plan for college, and learn leadership skills and core values. ABL scholars get a 10-to-20 year head start, inspiring them to see themselves as Leaders NOW who will rise to become the future conscious, conscientious & transformational corporate, entrepreneurial, social entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and civic leaders of America & the world, while inculcating in them the value of Giving Back NOW. Students learn about life on a college campus from our college-aged leadership support site staff and from university administration. After SBLI, students have the opportunity to apply for the year-long advanced leadership training programs including: Building Outstanding Leaders Today (BOLT), Business and Leadership 2.0, ABL Ambassadors, and the ABL Leadership Institute. advanced leadership program and the ABL Leadership Institute.
We are proud of our results: 100% of our scholars graduate from high school and a remarkable 99% of them pursue post-secondary education at colleges and universities across the US. A 2011 survey of SBLI alumni (seventh graders from 2004 up to seniors through 2011) revealed that 100% of them graduated from high school, and 100% of them are attending colleges and universities nationwide including elite ones such as Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Yale, and others. 100% of our alumni say that ABL has made a dramatic difference in their lives, and 100% of them would recommend the program to their friends. Our alumni have also started their own entrepreneurial and social entrepreneurial ventures; they can also be found at corporations such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, The Capital Group Companies, Inc., Warner Brothers, and others.
"ABL gives students a 10-20 year head start on their careers by teaching them how to identify, access, utilize, and leverage resources, and by providing them with access and exposure to civic and corporate leaders-the movers and shakers of our country. Youth are an untapped resource. Despite all the great work being done, there are still thousands of kids who believe they can’t reach their dreams. Therefore, we need to do more. We can not afford to leave anyone behind if we want to continue to prosper as a society and a country."
- Anna Ouroumian, ABL Refounder, President & CEO
"ABL preaches a Forbesian message: Elbow grease and the right preparation can give anyone, no matter how disadvantaged their background, a shot at the emotional and financial riches of American capitalism. More importantly, ABL gives youngsters a first taste of what it is like to pursue a business career; it's a start at molding them into future employees and clients.The best benefit of ABL: For many, it is the first time anyone has cared enough to help them help themselves, to give them hope"
- Dennis Kneale, FOX Business Network Senior Media and Technology Correspondent