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Starting a Business the SAGE Way

Teens in the student entrepreneurship program are changing the world, not to mention making their own worlds a lot nicer.

This story appears in the August 2003 issue of Teen Startups.

Imagine reducing high school truancy rates, helping disadvantaged workers file tax returns or setting up a free enterprise program for students in Mexico. Nidya Baez did all those things--all before graduating from high school. Baez, 17, graduated in May from Fremont High in Oakland, California, where she and about 60 other Fremont students participated in SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship).

SAGE is an international program that teaches secondary school students how to start and manage a business while maximizing environmental sensitivity and civic responsibility--at least that's the formal definition. An enthusiastic Baez quickly gives her version: "SAGE is for students who want to change the world one project at a time--we have a vision of the world and want to make it better."

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