Equip Youth To Break Barriers and Become Bold Entrepreneurs
Research shows youth in disadvantaged communities are significantly less likely to graduate high school, pursue higher education, and start businesses. There’s a gap in many classrooms today, with students often only learning from books and lectures rather than gaining hands-on, practical life skills from their educators. Youth Entrepreneurs is aiming to bridge that gap by enabling students to break through the societal barriers holding them back. They do this by equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset, as well as the economic and critical thinking skills to transform their own lives, realize their full potential and become agents of change in their communities.
Youth Entrepreneurs brings an experiential business curriculum to classrooms in which students learn to apply their ideas—ideas they have full ownership of—to the real world. YE animates business case studies and draws students in to market-based discussions and economic thinking. Students not only enjoy active learning and excel academically, but they also acquire the vision and values to bring their entrepreneurial goals to life.
Youth Entrepreneurs is currently serving over 7,000 students in 275 schools and organizations across Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas – and growing. The demand and opportunity for curriculum distribution is growing rapidly. Current reach is 26 states (including 31 metro and/or distinct rural areas) and there is continued growing demand. A stunning 99 percent of YE students graduate from high school (compared to the national average of 84 percent). Of those who graduate high school, 61 percent earn a Bachelor's Degree or higher, compared to the 40 percent national average. Across the country, 12 percent of people start a business, whereas 29 percent of YE alumni have started a business.