Filling a void
YouthBiz programs fill a void in entrepreneurial education and youth development programming. At the collegiate level, entrepreneurship education is increasingly commonplace as a stand-alone degree or an integrative core requirement. At the middle and high school levels, however, entrepreneurship is seldom explored or considered a viable career option.
Entrepreneurship as Empowerment
Entrepreneurship is rarely utilized as a tool to promote positive outcomes for low-income and underserved youth. Yet studies demonstrate that entrepreneurship education helps these students develop skills that will help them in school and in life. YouthBiz engages youth who live in poverty and who attend under-resourced schools, developing their mindsets and skills in new ways and through opportunities otherwise inaccessible in their schools or afterschool programs.