Target Evolution, Inc.® is a Guide Star Platinum Seal, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 2011, which provides small business and entrepreneurship training to youth ages 12-19. Only 2% of Nonprofits have a Platinum Seal on Guide Star and are considered a "Platinum Non-Profit." To be a "Platinum Non-Profit" means, we are transparent in everything we do from our annual budget to collecting data and measuring outcomes and impact. This level of transparency demonstrates our commitment to excellence in community service.
Target Evolution's Board of Directors has over 200 years combined experience in education, business, nonprofit management, and finance, and have co-authored a college textbook on entrepreneurship used at the University of North Texas at Dallas and several schools and organizations across Texas. Currently, the organization is expanding nationwide and has opened programming in California and later this year will launch in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2020, Target Evolution was given the opportunity to recreate our Teen Biz Camp program, in partnership with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas (Partner of American Job Center Network), specifically for "disadvantaged" and/or "out of school" youth ages 16-24, which is called BizWorks.
Our award-winning programs, the Teen Biz Camp® and Trail Blaze: Pop Up Shop for Young Entrepreneurs®, are currently the #1 After-School Program in Texas, according to an article in Black Enterprise Magazine. The Teen Biz Camp operates online and on-site three times a year and in four Texas cities, which are Houston, Dallas, Austin, and LaMarque/Galveston. The program has grown to over 500 youth participants in just the last two years, with the summer session of Houston's Teen Biz Camp, becoming the most successful example of our collaborative youth-centered community engagement strategy and experiential learning environment model.
We currently have partnerships with Houston Community College, the University of Texas at Dallas, the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, The Mayor's Youth Workforce Council-Houston, Hire Houston Youth, Orange County SBDC, and California Community Colleges.
Why are we #1? Our proprietary experiential learning environment model is called The LEAR Methodology®. The LEAR Methodology stands for "Learn, Earn, Apply, & Reward" and puts experiential learning at the center of a data-driven and evidence-based approach to youth entrepreneurship education and development. It includes Lean Startup, Remote-Work Experience, and a Pop-Up Shop providing youth and young adults the opportunity to earn money in a high traffic shopping mall with their own small business upon successful completion.
Due to complications with COVID 19 our physical store, Trail Blaze, is closed. Once it reopens, our youth have their products available for purchase in our physical stores in Dallas and Houston. Target Evolution made history last year by becoming the only youth program in the world that owns physical retail stores located in upscale shopping malls with products for sale created by youth and teen entrepreneurs. Most of our students have been featured in news and media locally and nationwide and earn an average of $500-$700 per month or more after successful completion.
Our program makes starting a business simple and convenient for teens, helps them learn financial literacy, leadership, problem solving, and helps them to earn money to pay for college tuition or other extracurricular activities. In this current climate, a small business for youth could help a family have more income, leave a legacy, and create jobs for their other children.