The Pelathe Community Resource Center is losing its executive director but gaining a $130,000 grant to foster entrepreneurial skills in Indian youths.
Outgoing director David Cade announced Thursday that the Administration for Native Americans' Entrepreneurship for Indian Youth program has awarded the Lawrence group a major grant to start a student-run business that teaches American Indians both basic and advanced business skills.
"We really want to teach Indian youth how to start and run their own business," Cade said. "Part of the business will be producing silk-screened T-shirts that we'll market and sell.
"It will be a situation where the students will be hands-on with the products and hands-on with the ledger and the books."
Cade said the business will be run out of the center's offices at 1423 Haskell Ave., and that other details about the project, such as in what students will be eligible to participate, will be announced at a later date.
The grant is thought to be the largest grant the center has received the last five years.
The ANA is a federal agency that is designed to promote the social and economic self-sufficiency of American Indians.