American Bankers Association
The American Banker's Association sponsors several programs, including the National Teach Children to Save Day. They also have resources for school-age children, as well as a school video and newsletter for adults.
Boys Scouts of America
Introduced in 1997, the Boy Scouts Entrepreneurship Merit Badge Program and pamphlet were developed in cooperation with the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Burton D. Morgan Foundation provided grants to the local Buckeye, Great Trail and Heart of Ohio councils to offer Entrepreneurship Merit Badge programs.
Cleveland Center for Economic Education (Ashland University)
Ashland University’s Centers for Economic Education are dedicated to improving youth understanding of economic principles and the global economy. Working with teachers and school systems, the program strives to prepare students to be knowledgeable consumers, prudent savers and investors, productive members of the workforce, responsible citizens, and effective participants in the global economy.
Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education
The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (CEE) provides a variety of resources for teachers who are interested in integrating entrepreneurship into their classroom. The annual FORUM conference serves educators from elementary, secondary, colleges, community-based organizations, small business markets, and state career and technical education administrators from different states and countries. For 25 years, CEE's conference has encouraged the growth of entrepreneurship education in schools and communities where educators can share resources and ideas. The three-day conference engages attendees with numerous roundtable discussions, guest speakers, and breakout sessions. CEE's Future CEO Stars magazine is available online for free.
E CITY, a program of Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.), empowers urban youth to be responsible for their own economic future by teaching and modeling entrepreneurship and life skills. Currently, the E CITY program is offered in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauge, Lorain, and Summit Counties.
Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio
Entrepreneurial Engagement Ohio helps high school students develop the economic, financial, entrepreneurial and business literacy skills -- including an understanding of the global economy -- that are needed to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
The Federal Reserve offers a number of online learning programs that provide information on the Federal Reserve and personal finances. The Resource Guide is a tool for educators and the public to use to browse and order Federal Reserve materials in the classroom. The Federal Reserve Kids' Page provides an overview of the banking system for young people. The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland also has an online Learning Center.
Foundation for Teaching Economics
The mission of Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) is to introduce young individuals, selected for their leadership potential, to an economic way of thinking about national and international issues, and to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators. One of FTE's signature programs, the goal of Economics for Leaders is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. Given the existing challenges confronting the nation and, assuming that problems in years to come will be equally consequential, the job of preparing the next generation of leaders may be one of the most important actions we can take now to ensure the nation's well being in the future.
The GAR Foundation Educator Initiative Grants
The GAR Foundation’s Educator Initiative Grant Program offers grants of $1,000 to $15,000 to teams of educators from kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) who work together to develop, implement, and assess instructional strategies that help students meet Ohio’s academic standards, encourage collaboration among professionals to improve lesson design, help schools achieve goals identified in their school improvement plans, and help students gain critical knowledge and skills for the 21st century. Teams of educators from public, private, parochial, or charter schools in Summit County are eligible to apply.
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver the curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Nationwide, more than 380,000 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of JA lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio, Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, and Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley serve the students of Northeast Ohio.
Knowledge@Wharton High School
Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) is an online journal for students interested in finding out more about the world of business. Youth can explore feature stories about teen-run companies and business trends; read articles on how the economy works and how careers take shape; and listen to and view audio and video podcasts spotlighting business's most creative and colorful characters in fields like sports, entertainment, retail, and hi-tech. KWHS is part of Knowledge@Wharton, a network of global online business publications published by The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Lemonade Day Northeast Ohio
Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own, and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011 – including Northeast Ohio. The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow.
Each child that registers for the program receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some.
National Endowment for Financial Education
The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) is the only private, nonprofit, national foundation wholly dedicated to improving the financial well-being of all Americans. Since 1984, NEFE has been addressing youth financial literacy with the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP). The HSFPP consists of a seven-unit student manual, instructor's guide, and a dynamic suite of Web pages that offer a large, continually growing collection of resources, articles, and financial tools for teachers, students, and parents.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's (NFTE) mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures. NFTE's BizCamps are intensive, one- or two-week day camps for students ages 13-18 who are interested in entrepreneurship. BizCamp students develop a business idea and then work to complete a business plan. At the end of the camp, students present their plans to a panel of judges for a chance to win seed capital. BizCamps take place during the summer or during school breaks and are offered free of charge to all participants who meet household income requirements. The annual Elevator Pitch Competition gives high school and middle school students the opportunity to take a 60-second idea and turn it into an actual business. Each nominee is either the owner or co-owner of his or her business. The student whose pitch earns the most online votes from the general public receives an award of $2,500 toward advancing his or her education or getting his or her business off the ground. NFTE also provides an entrepreneurship educator certification program. NFTE University is a unique program that prepares educators to deliver fun, engaging, and relevant entrepreneurship education. NFTE U is a four-day intensive training program that focuses on the core elements of experiential education and provides the tools and methodology for teaching students the principles of entrepreneurship.
NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation
The Young Entrepreneur Foundation is the education arm of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which educates young people about the critical role of small business and the American free-enterprise system.
Ohio Business Week
Ohio Business Week is an exciting weeklong summer program that gives eligible high school students from around the state a unique, hands-on experience with business and entrepreneurship. Students learn directly from the pros how to establish and run their own company. Hosted on a college campus, students are also able to experience what campus life is like and lay the groundwork for a successful future.
Practical Money Skills for Life (Financial Football)
Through its financial literacy program, Practical Money Skills for Life, Visa provides not only lesson plans, games and other resources for educators but also personal finance materials to those who need it Visa promotes the cause of financial literacy in schools, financial institutions, NGOs and with policy makers.
Visa and the National Football League have teamed up to help teach financial concepts with Financial Football, a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them money management skills. Teams compete by answering financial questions to earn yardage and score touchdowns.
Students in Free Enterprise
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.
University of Delaware Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship
The Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware supports economic literacy by providing educators with high-quality programs and workshops that increase the knowledge and understanding of economics, financial education, and entrepreneurship.
The Entrepreneur Institute at University School helps students learn entrepreneurial skills, provides opportunities for students to experience entrepreneurship, connects students to other NEO students and entrepreneur organizations and encourages young people to return to Northeast Ohio for their careers.
Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance
The mission of the Youth Entrepreneurship Alliance (YEA) is to provide leadership for the youth entrepreneurship movement. The goals of the alliance are as follows: (1) leveraging the collective goals of diverse stakeholders; (2) providing a unified voice and advocacy for youth entrepreneurship education; (3) promoting the availability of research that advances the field of youth entrepreneurship; and (4) building a support system for entrepreneurship education nationwide.
Research Papers, Articles, Books, Blogs, and Films
"Advancing Entrepreneurship Education," A Report of the Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Group
The Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy Group (YESG) was an assembly of CEOs, non-profit leaders, policy experts, and leaders in the field of entrepreneurship education that explored the challenges of strengthening youth entrepreneurship programs in underserved communities. The effort was jointly supported by E*TRADE Financial along with the Aspen Institute and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. The vision developed to guide YESG was "to ensure that each graduate from a high school serving a low-income community has educational opportunities to explore his or her entrepreneurial potential." Though the strategy group is no longer active, the group's reports and findings contain valuable information.
"A Survey of Entrepreneurship Education Initiatives"
This entrepreneurship education report was published in May 2010 by the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute.
Beyond the Lemonade Stand, by Bill Rancic
Entrepreneurs in Profile: How 20 of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs Built their Business Empires...and How You Can Too!, by Steve Mariotti, Mike Caslin, and Debra Desalvo
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, by Steve Mariotti and Caroline Glackin
Written by award-winning experts, Steve Mariotti and Caroline Glackin, this book presents difficult economic, financial, and business concepts in a manner easily understood by a variety of students. Based on a proven curriculum from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, it is organized to follow the life-cycle of an entrepreneurial venture -- from concept through implementation to harvesting to replication. Filled with examples from a broad range of careers, it moves further into the entrepreneurial process -- discussing the business plan and also the details of managing and growing a small business.
Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, by Steve Mariotti, Tony Towle, and Neelam Patel
The 11th edition of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's entrepreneurship textbook is a student-friendly, comprehensive guide to developing a business plan. A recipient of the Association of Educational Publisher's Distinguished Achievement Award in the mathematics category, the curriculum focuses on critical basic business skills including business communications, negotiating, social responsibility, and goal-setting. Program resources include a teacher's wraparound edition and online resource center, and a business plan project workbook with study guide.
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Operating a Small Business, by Steve Mariotti and Caroline Glackin
Written by an award-winning expert, this book demystifies the process of starting a business by presenting difficult economic, financial, and business concepts in a manner easily understood by beginners. Placing an emphasis on developing business plans, it can be used as a professional resource for anyone looking to start his or her own business. Includes a business plan software called "Business Plan Pro."
Exploring Careers for the 21st Century, by Steve Mariotti, Betsy Newberry, and Neelam Patel
This curriculum helps students learn about different career choices and prepare for their futures by providing a broad exploration of career opportunities, highlighting promising careers and skills, and teaching the principles of personal finance, economics, and entrepreneurship. Program resources include a student activity guide, an entrepreneurship workbook, a teacher's wraparound edition, and a teacher's resource CD-ROM.
High School Juniors' Views on Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: A National Survey
Released on August 29, 2011, this report from Junior Achievement and the National Chamber Foundation assesses high school juniors' understanding of the free enterprise system and entrepreneurship, and how those systems impact job creation.
I Said Yes! Real Life Stories of Students, Teachers and Leaders Saying YES! to Youth Entrepreneurship in America's Schools, by Julie Silard Kantor
"Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon"
In America, a kid drops out of high school every nine seconds. Imagine if they didn't? This is the compelling question behind award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio's newest project, a thought-provoking film which tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens, from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's national business plan competition. An educational version of the documentary is available with a teaching guide. The companion book, Teen Business Blasts Off!, profiles 10 of the young entrepreneurs featured in the film and provides students with an overview of the challenges and successes these young people encounter. Students learn what makes a good idea great, and why certain skills are essential in business.
"Youth Entrepreneurship: Theory, Practice and Field Development"
A Background Paper prepared for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Youth and Education Unit by Integral Assets Consulting (September 2006).
Youth Entrepreneurship Lady
A blog created by Julie Silard Kantor, Executive Director, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), D.C. Region.