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Youth Entrepreneurs Central Region is a nonprofit 501©(3) organization that teaches business and entrepreneurial education in 59 high schools across Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. We believe teaching entrepreneurship better prepares students for success in business and other future career and education endeavors.


To engender self-reliance among youth by introducing, through entrepreneurship, the values and skills necessary for them to lead successful, fulfilling lives as contributing members of society.


  1. Provide the knowledge needed to start and maintain a business.
  2. Help students understand how to apply that knowledge and be a better employee (to act like an owner).
  3. Encourage students to pursue higher education.


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©(3). After expanding into Missouri schools and changing its name to Youth Entrepreneurs, the organization has grown to serve more than 1,400 students across the nation. The Youth Entrepreneurs course is open to all high school students, but is targeted toward at-risk youth.

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