| Published January 31,
Roby, (left), Locke H.S. Principal Anne Webb, L.A. County Supervisor
Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Congresswoman Juanita McDonald, Governor
Gray Davis, Magic Johnson and former President Bill Clinton.
stand by and criticize students, teachers and schools, others are
doing something positive and beneficial. Entrepreneurs and businessmen
like Roosevelt Roby and NBA superstar Magic Johnson believe nothing
is more important than an education that emphasizes the modern tools
of today's business and a work ethic that relies on the individual.
These men share the true meaning of success: Set yourself free
by owning your own business.
| Self-made, multi-millionaire Roosevelt
Roby is C.E.O. of The REIS Foundation, a non-profit organization seeking
Public/Private Partners for Education to provide technology and entrepreneurial
training using the WBE.NET International Trade Course for Students.
In place at four Los Angeles high schools for 3 years, this curriculum
has introduced the students to international trade using the Internet.
Magic Johnson met Roby when he was just a rookie. After leaving
the NBA, he set out to implement those same ideas that he and Roby
have discussed over the years. An entrepreneur in his own right,
Johnson owns many business including a movie theatre, Starbucks
Coffee shop, and T.G.I. Friday's restaurant franchise and is a strong
example to the youth.
The revolutionary WBE.NET International Trade Course emphasizes
the power of the individual and prepares students for a lifetime
of learning. Its main emphasis has been to allow students to create
their own enterprise using the Internet web site www.wbe.net. It
is very rewarding for the students who learn how to actually operate
a business using computers, e-mail, faxes, printers and scanners.
This has heightened their motivation and interest in learning while
increasing basic skills such as math, writing and social studies.
An overall improvement in attitude and attendance has also been
The future is brighter for those who will decide to go on and
set up business for themselves. These lucky students receive a powerful
message that through activity such as this they can become better
prepared for the real world and set themselves free of working for
others. And, there is magic in that message. Former President Bill
Clinton, Governor Gray Davis and top educators from California have
witnessed the success of the course; they saw for themselves what
all the excitement is about.
Technology education is essential to allow students to cross the
digital divide. Men like Roby, Magic Johnson, former President Clinton,
Governor Davis and the brave teachers who are making the changes
are bettering our kids chances for the global economy.
Anyone can visit www.wbe.net and see
why it has such meaning today. For more information, contact The
REIS Foundation, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 1685, Los Angeles,
CA 90045; or call (310) 670-6710.