Summer Business and Leadership Institute (SBLI)
Using a combination of traditional and creative hands-on experiential educational techniques, SBLI is a four-week program that targets mostly high-potential low-opportunity students 10 to 19 years of age from inner city middle and high schools each year. SBLI participants are hosted on the campuses of the University of Southern California (USC); California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA); California State University, Fullerton (CSUF); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (added in 2007); and Loyola Marymount University (LMU) (Added in 2008).
At the end of the program, students receive up to 10 units of high school credit through various school districts. Students also receive content credit for "Foundations of Business" at Notre Dame De Namur (NDNU) equivalent to a prerequisite three unit course for students enrolled in the Undergraduate Day Business Program at NDNU, thus possible college credit through scholar's own petition at their respective college and/or university. Participants are provided with up to 178 hours of instruction by MBA professionals and qualified instructors, and are lectured daily by prominent corporate and civic leaders. In addition, they participate in college preparation workshops, receive 30-40 hours of mentoring from volunteer trainers, read the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal daily, and participate in weekly field trips to Fortune 500 corporations where they meet with senior executives in boardrooms and learn about their fields of expertise.
SBLI activities include hands-on projects related to the stock market, finance, and all aspects of entrepreneurship. In group settings, students manage and track a $100,000 fictitious stock portfolio on StockTrak, and prepare a business plan for a "real" start-up company using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and LivePlan business plan software from Palo Alto Software. At the end of the program, students present and pitch their business plans in PowerPoint format to a panel of distinguished business leaders and are awarded over $20,000 in prize money for the highest returns on investment in the Stock Market Competition, the best Written Business Plans, and best Oral Business Plan presentations. Furthermore, scholars engage in lessons in personal finance, transformational leadership, core values, career development, and pre-college planning.