Youth Entrepreneurs is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that teaches business and entrepreneurial education in 41 high schools across Kansas and Missouri. We believe teaching entrepreneurship better prepares students for success in business and other future career and education endeavors.
To provide students with business and entrepreneurial education and experiences to help them prosper and become contributing members of society.
- Provide the knowledge needed to start and maintain a business
- Help students understand how to apply that knowledge and be a better employee (to act like an owner)
- Encourage students to pursue higher education
To develop in students the passion and skills to succeed in the marketplace and life so they are productive members of society who make their lives and the lives of others better. To achieve this vision we:
- Stimulate economic thinking skills
- Encourage creative, intelligent risk-taking
- Provide practical business experience, and
- Instill independence and personal responsibility
Founded in 1991 by the Charles Koch Foundation, Youth Entrepreneurs (formerly Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas) started as an eight-week program at Wichita High School North. It eventually expanded to an entire school-year course. In 1997, the organization converted from a private, not-for-profit foundation to a 501(c)(3). After expanding into Missouri schools and changing its name to Youth Entrepreneurs, the organization has grown to serve more than 1,000 students each year in Kansas and Missouri. The Youth Entrepreneurs course is open to all high school students, but is targeted toward at-risk youth.