Frequently Asked Questions

General

Q: How do I get YE into a school I care about?

We would love to be at your school. In fact, we are currently expanding our reach. To get the ball rolling, call our office at 866-999-3921. We would be happy to discuss the implementation process and present to your school’s administration.

Q: What schools or organizations have YE?

YE is currently in nearly 100 schools and organizations across Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas – and growing.

Funding & Involvement

Q: Where do my funds go?

Youth Entrepreneurs is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our founders cover development and administrative costs, allowing 100 percent of private donations to support program costs.

Q: Can I sponsor something specific or restrict my donation?

Yes, you can designate your donation to a specific school, region or program activity.

Q: I want to support YE. How can I help?

Check out our Get Involved page or talk to a YE staff member in your region to find the various ways to support YE students.

Schools & Organizations

Q: Is there a fee for the program?

Our cost structure varies based upon the school district’s free and reduced lunch percentage. Our targeted population includes students and schools with fewer resources, and the program is priced accordingly. This fee does not cover the true cost of the program. We subsidize many of the costs associated with administering the class in schools through individual, corporate and foundation donations.

Q: Is there an annual contract?

Yes. Together with each partnering school, we execute an annual memorandum of understanding that outlines the expectations of all parties including the district, the school, the teacher and YE.

Q: What is the duration of the program?

Our program is designed to be a yearlong class. The first semester focuses on economics and Market Day. In the second semester, students use the knowledge they’ve learned to build a business plan.

Q: Are there other programming options?

We work with schools to create the best opportunity for students based on their needs, and we’re happy to discuss a customized option.

Q: How do you select teachers?

A successful YE teacher is an inspirational motivator and entrepreneurial thinker. We can assist the district to observe teaching styles and select the best fit for our nontraditional teaching style. We work with district administration to ensure the needs of the district, the school, the teacher and YE are met.

Q: How do you select students?

Teachers and counselors champion the program and assist students to fit the elective course into their schedules. We are happy to help brainstorm enrollment ideas for student selection practices that best fit your individual school.

Q: How is YE different than Junior Achievement (JA)?

YE is traditionally taught as a yearlong high school elective course by teachers who have been trained on our curriculum. We offer students and alumni the opportunity to earn money for business, education or personal development purposes by participating in continuing education opportunities through YE Academy. JA courses typically span five sessions within an existing classroom and are taught by outside volunteers. While JA offers K-12 sessions, the majority of JA participants are elementary and middle school level, and participants do not have continuing education incentives.

Students & Alumni: The Program

Q: Is YE like DECA, BPA, or JA?

YE is a full year, for-credit course. DECA, BPA, and JA are valuable, particularly when a student participates prior to or in conjunction with the YE class. YE devotes more time to stimulating economic thinking skills, encouraging creative and intelligent risk-taking, providing practical business experience, and instilling independence, values and personal responsibility.

Q: Are there any prerequisites?

There are no required prerequisites for the class, but we have found that the topics and curriculum covered in our class are much more impactful when students have taken classes like financial literacy, business essentials and have been introduced to economics.

Q: Can anyone take this class?

Our class is open to all high school students in participating schools.

Q: Is there a YE 2, or have you ever thought about a YE 2?

There is not currently a formal YE 2 class; however, many of our alumni continue to stay involved via our YE Academy, which incentivizes YE students & alumni to continue their education by earning points for participating in YE events outside the classroom that can later be translated into capital grant funding.

Q: I don’t want to take that class because I don’t want to start a business.

YE is an amazing opportunity to learn how to think like an entrepreneur, which we believe will help students surpass their goals regardless of if they own a business or work for one. Though many of our alumni have chosen to start their own businesses, we have many former students who have chosen to seek out other ways to create value working for some fantastic companies.

Q: How much does it cost to be a part of YE?

As a student in the YE class and a YE Academy participant, the cost to you is nothing – but the rewards are endless.