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Our History

From college project to thriving non-profit...

The Beginnings:  2006 to 2008
In 2006, Deep Springs International won the non-profit Business Plan Competition at Grove City College and as a result team members Michael Ritter and Ruth (Dykstra) Entwistle decided to launch the non-profit.   Professor Timothy Mech with business plan team members Jim Palmer and Katie Garland, among countless others, were instrumental in the development of the Deep Springs concept and eventual launch. Professor Tim Mech faithfully and tirelessly served as the chairman of the board from 2006 through 2011.
Rotary Conference Port-Au-Prince, 2007
GCC 2006 Business Plan Competition - Jim Palmer, Ruth Entwistle, Katie Garland, and Michael Ritter 

GCC 2006 Business Plan Competition - Jim Palmer, Ruth Entwistle, Katie Garland, and Michael Ritter 

Bill Gallo, Daniele Lantagne, Ruth Entwistle, Michael Ritter, Tim Mech,  and Joe Cicero at Rotary International Safe Water Summit in Port-au-Prince, Haiti 2007. 

Launch and Pivot! 2008 to 2011
In the fall of 2008 the education program was launched in nine schools in Les Cayes, Haiti.

In conjunction with the educational programs, we collaborated with local Pastor Etienne, business expert Dominque, and school program director Coicy Francky, to start a small microfinance program for young adults.  Youth 4 Business officially incorporated in 2011 as an offshoot of Deep Springs International. Youth 4 Business’s business plan centered around creating jobs for young adults in rural communities through business education programs. 

Youth 4 Business Original Founders

Dominique Delva, Pastor Etienne, Coicy Francky, Ruth Entwistle

2011 to Today

Since 2011, Youth 4 Business has thrived in Les Cayes through the dedication of Coicy Francky and countless partners in Haiti and the US. 

Coicy Franky Youth 4 Business Haiti

Coicy Francky


December 2023 Youth 4 Business Teachers and Staff

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