The Program for Young Entrepreneurs will be held for ninth- and 10th-graders June 22-26 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches.

The cost of the program is $225, which includes room and board, materials and transportation during the week. Scholarships are available.

Facilitators for the program are Mary Ellen Slayter and Logan Leger.

Slayter is CEO of Reputation Capital Media Services, a content marketing firm based in Baton Rouge. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from LSU.

Leger is the founder and CEO of NewAperio, a Web and mobile app development firm based in Baton Rouge. Leger also serves on the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Board of Control. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from LSU.

Students will be introduced to the idea of entrepreneurship through a hands-on week designed around the practical aspects of launching a business.

In addition to daily work with Slayter and Leger, successful entrepreneurs from around the country will join the class via Skype as guest lecturers. Students will form into small groups and prepare a business plan and pitch for their shared idea, which they will present to a panel of business leaders at a lunch event in Baton Rouge on the program’s final day.

Students will be housed and supervised in LSMSA’s Prudhomme Hall, and classes and activities will be held on the school’s campus or in Natchitoches.

For registration information, email and indicate interest in the 2015 LSMSA Program for Young Entrepreneurs to receive an application form and instructions for the fee payment. For information, email