Young Entrepreneur Institute, YIPPEE Exchange Expand Operations to Northwest Arkansas, Supported by the Walton Family Foundation

In partnership with YIPPEE Exchange, Young Entrepreneur Institute at University School (YEI) is expanding to the Northwest Arkansas region. This expansion is made possible by generous funding from the Walton Family Foundation.

This collaboration will allow K-12 public and charter school educators in Northwest Arkansas to access a marketplace of vetted curricula, materials, and experiences from local and national providers designed to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in their classrooms – all free of charge or available at no cost through easily accessed mini-grants.

“Skill-building and teacher choice are at the core of the platform,” said Emily Bean, Burton D. Morgan Foundation Director of Youth Entrepreneurship Education and founding director of YIPPEE. “All of the resources on YIPPEE have been expertly curated to ensure a high-quality entrepreneurial learning experience. Teachers can select what will work best for their classrooms by reading reviews from other educators or getting a personalized consultation from a YIPPEE team member. We then pay for what qualifying educators want using funding from our generous sponsors.”

To celebrate the launch of YIPPEE, Young Entrepreneur Institute will host several events throughout the Northwest Arkansas region in the coming months. These events will provide an opportunity for educators and community members to learn more about the platform and how it can benefit their students.

"We are excited about the upcoming launch of YIPPEE," said Marion Dunagan, Program Director for YEI’s NWA initiative. "We believe this initiative will be a game-changer for K-12 education in Northwest Arkansas. Developing entrepreneurial skillsets in our youth is an investment in the future of our region; working towards economic growth, building a stronger, more capable workforce, and encouraging community engagement. We are excited about our goal of reaching 350 NW Arkansas educators and thus, impacting over 6,000 K-12 students.”

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