News-Sentinel: 4 Fort Wayne projects selected as finalists for Knight Cities Challenge grants

News-Sentinel: 4 Fort Wayne projects selected as finalists for Knight Cities Challenge grants

Entrepreneurial spirit and talent gush from many young people in northeast Indiana. Steve Franks hopes to encourage that creativity even more through the Student Storefront project.

The project would provide an actual working retail space in downtown Fort Wayne that would sell products made by area high school and college students and also employ college students as interns to staff and manage the store, Franks said.

His idea is one of four local projects in the 144 national finalists announced today in the annual Knight Cities Challenge grant program. The finalists were selected from more than 4,500 applications, a news release said. Grant recipients will be announced in June.

New Tech Trade Show all business for students

New Tech Trade Show all business for students

When Michael Foster gets done with your old sneakers, they look like new. Those Air Jordans and Nikes you paid 140 bucks for? They’ll look like they’re right out of the box.

Tashayla Sutorius and Shanelle Tharp-Phillips, New Tech Academy at Wayne High School seniors, took advantage of Foster’s know-how to form a student business for Civic Studies, an economics-language arts course of study at New Tech. Sutorius helps rehab the shoes while Tharp-Phillips is in sales.