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Jefferson High School students create business to help school counselors

Posted at 7:17 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 07:40:08-05

TAMPA, Fla. — This year, students at Jefferson High School worked together to create a business.

“Every year we learn something different and we build upon our knowledge,” said student Valeria Yepez.

The students in the school’s Virtual Enterprises International program named their business Succeeding Steps Incorporation and their slogan is Reaching New Heights.

“Basically what we do is we’re the middle man between students and resources, and students and tutors,” said Yepez.

Like working with students to provide resources like study guides.

“What we wanted to do is provide basically a personalized tutoring platform, as well as resource platform for students in underprivileged communities,” said student Amare Harris.

Students say they wanted to create a program to relieve some of the stress put on school counselors.

“According to the American School Counselor Association, about 430 students on average are tied to one counselor, meaning a lot of stress is put on counselors throughout high schools in our county,” said Harris.

This new business is also lending a helping hand to the students who created it.

“Being in the academy of finance especially helps me and it has helped many others get prepared for the real world,” said Yepez.

“This program has really opened my eyes to how a business operates on a daily basis,” said Harris.