Entrepreneurship Out of the Box

Saturday, May 1st 12:00 - 1:30pm

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Session Description

Youth are not just about our states’ futures, we want to cultivate their abilities to solve problems today. An entrepreneurship mindset provides opportunities for young people to practice skills and to give an avenue for them to be problem solvers and innovators for their community’s future. Skills such as empathy, the identification of problems, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and prototyping are developed as a part of the practice of entrepreneurial thinking. You’ll hear from Youth Biz, a program that uses hands-on activities, innovative strategies, and a proven curriculum to enable middle and high school students to discover the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship and learn the ins and outs of starting and growing a business. Justin Wright will talk about how he has introduced entrepreneurship in his afterschool program. You’ll have time to think about how to develop these skills among the young people you serve.

Speaker Info

Michelle Sulivan 

Director 

Wyoming Afterschool Alliance

Michelle Sullivan is Director of the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, a Priority Fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation. Most of Sullivan’s professional and voluntary life has focused on the development of dynamic and connected communities and creating the conditions for young people in those communities to reach their full potential.
 

Speaker Info

Anna Leer 

Vice President 

Young Americans Bank/YouthBiz

Anna graduated magna cum laude from Elon University with a double major in Spanish and Business Administration. She joined Teach For America as a third grade general education teacher in Miami-Dade, FL, working to ensure her students made significant achievement gains in her class. After completing her corps commitment, Anna moved to San Diego, CA, where she transitioned into the higher education sector with Bridgepoint Education, collecting and analyzing student data to more effectively prepare incoming students for the rigors of college life. In 2012 she relocated to Denver and shortly after joined YouthBiz as an enthusiastic advocate of all students’ access to quality education and financial empowerment. In March 2015, YouthBiz was acquired by Young Americans Center for Financial Education in a strategic plan to consolidate and grow as the go-to programming for entrepreneurship education in the state of Colorado and beyond. Anna is a fervent believer in entrepreneurship education for all students, and continually seeks to expand the reach of YouthBiz.

YouthBiz

Entrepreneurship provides skills that people of every age need to be successful in our ever-changing world. YouthBiz, a program of Young Americans Center for Financial Education, uses hands-on activities, innovative strategies, and a proven curriculum to enable middle and high school students to discover the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship and learn the ins and outs of starting and growing a business. YouthBiz offers unique programming that introduces entrepreneurial skills and habits, guides business development, and supports actual youth business owners. Programs are offered in school, after school, and during the summer, and in partnership with a broad range of community partners.