When it comes to running, Te’Shauna Gray means business. The Hiram College junior management major from Cleveland created, and was put in charge of implementing, a business plan for We Run this City Youth Marathon Program, a nonprofit organization that teaches goal-setting to youth by preparing them to run in the Cleveland Marathon.
“If I didn’t have a hands-on experience I wouldn’t actually know how to function as an entrepreneur,” said Gray.
Gray created the business plan as a project for the Hiram College class, “The Entrepreneurial Process” that she is taking as part of her entrepreneurship minor. After presenting the project to the organization’s program director, Gray was put in charge of putting her suggestions into action as an intern for the Youth Marathon Program.
“You never know where a simple class project can take you,” said Gray who started as a participant of the program when she was 14 years old.
The Youth Marathon Program also presented Gray with an award in appreciation for her continued volunteer work with students in the program.
“I was just happy I had the opportunity to help a program that has been like a second home to me,” said Gray.
Some of Gray’s goals for the organization include increasing promotional efforts and building business-to-business relationships with school districts and small businesses.
After graduating from Hiram, Gray plans to finish her education in the culinary arts and use her education in management and entrepreneurship to pursue her dream of opening her own catering service, or working in international marketing management.
About “We Run this City” Youth Marathon Program
The We Run This City Youth Marathon Program (WRTC) is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. The program teaches young people to set and achieve goals by preparing them to run in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Students leave the program with greater self-confidence and increased levels of fitness and endurance.