Wichita-based national nonprofit Youth Entrepreneurs recently received a $15,000 grant from the Southwest Kansas Community Foundation and Scroggins Foundation.

According to Youth Entrepreneurs, the nonprofit provides educators with resources to teach students entrepreneurial and economic concepts along with principles and character traits as part of its eight Foundational Values at no cost to them or their schools.

“I have witnessed how YE transformed the mindset of my kids, going from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’ attitudes," said Dodge City High School YE educator Kristi Wherritt. "I have watched students start believing in themselves and go on to succeed — more than they ever dreamed they could.”

Youth Entrepreneurs added that educators will institute a curriculum around students while providing them with fun, engaging and experiential learning.

“Every teacher brings a unique skill set and perspective into the classroom,” said YE stakeholder relations manager Lindsay Zimmerman in a news release. “YE recognizes that teachers have the power to transform the lives of their students.”

Starting with three classes and close to 40 students in 2010, Youth Entrepreneurs expanded its curriculum in Dodge City schools to five classes and 80 students currently. The curriculum provides students a chance to discover talents through hands-on character-building to apply beyond the classroom.

“Investing in teachers and providing them access to a curriculum that is built around the student is the most effective way to create exponential impact on students and create cultural shifts in society,” said Zimmerman. “We are grateful to the Southwest Kansas Community Foundation and Scroggins Foundation for recognizing the value and importance that educators have on influencing their students to develop their innate talents and abilities.”

The grant will provide financial assistance through site budgets and opportunity funds to enable educators to implement the program in their classrooms.

“More importantly, with the support of the Scroggins Foundation, we will be able to transform a student’s mindset and help them realize their full potential,” Zimmerman said.

With an expansion to include middle school and high school students, Youth Entrepreneurs is in 29 states with more than 35,000 alumni.

Youth Entrepreneurs is taught in about 100 classes, with four YE classes in Dodge City High School and 100 students taking the class this year.

Known to area nonprofit organizations, The Scroggins Foundation provides annual grants to charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational purposes.

If educators are interested in Youth Entrepreneurs at their school, they can visit GetYE.org for more information.


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