TyKiah Wright wants to change the world. No doubt she can - even with limited time and resources.

TyKiah Wright wants to change the world. No doubt she can - even with limited time and resources.

The nonprofit she founded, WrightChoice, helps minority and disabled students and other underserved groups prepare to enter the workforce. The organization also provides diversity training for companies and helps them recruit young employees who will ultimately help their bottom lines.

"We are creating opportunities for un-served and underserved youth so they can gain experience and exposure in education and the employment setting and in life," Wright explained.

Entrepreneurs frequently develop a business as a result of something they've experienced. That's how Wright came up with the idea for WrightChoice.

After completing college and receiving an MBA, she realized during job hunting that she had too much education for an entry-level job and too little experience for a position requiring an MBA.

"On top of that, I could not negate the fact that when I'd go into interviews, they'd see the wheelchair," she said. "That element of discrimination still exists. Instead of getting upset and crying about it, I decided to turn all of those negatives into a positive and create my own company with a mission to make sure our young people understand the importance of work experience."

WrightChoice, established in 2002, mostly works with students ages 18 to 24. The students learn business etiquette and professional development skills - such as how to improve their written and oral communication - and are given internship opportunities.

Currently the organization serves more than 300 young people a year through its offices in Columbus and Dayton.

Unlike campus career centers, WrightChoice offers a personal, one-on-one approach.

"When you bring the young people into your fold, you begin to work with them not only from a professional standpoint but from a personal standpoint," Wright said. "We become like an extension of their family."

WrightChoice continues to expand. Whereas it originally worked just with minority and disabled students, Wright's definition of diversity now extends to former foster care youths, single parents, first-generation college students and more.

Wright hopes to increase its high school offerings and take the group's college model to schools around the state.

And she will continue her vital efforts to educate employers on the value of hiring a diverse set of young professionals - especially those who are disabled.

"From the disability aspect, there's a lot of education that still needs to occur. Once people are educated and once myths are dispelled, then they become more accepting and more willing to try out [hiring] the population."