Youth Entrepreneurs is a nonprofit organization with a mission to prepare “Generation Genius” to become our world’s future social entrepreneurs. Our ground-breaking, hands-on immersion programs delivered in New Haven, Connecticut, are designed specifically to teach and inspire middle school students to step up as leaders in the industrial, nonprofit, and government sectors by integrating positive social and emotional learning, community engagement, and entrepreneurial workforce skills. We also offer adult programs to help entrepreneurs and other professionals thrive in their work and their lives. Our programs are offered free of charge to qualifying participants, with a special focus on including underrepresented and underserved young people. Our ultimate goal is to improve our future leaders’ awareness of their strengths, help them identify their passions, and teach them how to get focused on achieving all their goals.
At Youth Entrepreneurs, we center ourselves on the following core values:
Empowerment: We believe any young person can realize entrepreneurship's dream with the right education and coaching. This means imbuing young people with the knowledge and sense of self-worth necessary to pave their own path forward. When young people are empowered to take ownership of their lives, better outcomes are achieved all around.
Diversity and Inclusion: We believe in upholding all human beings' dignity and respecting their right to envision and work toward becoming the best possible version of themselves. We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming community centered on equity, empowerment, and nonjudgmental guidance. We want to be part of a new inclusion infrastructure that offers a seat at the table to every person from every background.
Inspiration: We believe in fanning the flames of passion within each young person and helping them work toward whatever they envision for themselves with enthusiasm and persistence. We believe in the power of simple encouragement to inspire youth to believe in themselves as they meet challenges and seize opportunities.
Education: We believe knowledge is power. Young entrepreneurs can only truly make the confident decisions critical to growing new businesses when they are prepared to find and act on sound information.
Service: We believe in humble servitude, focusing on putting others' needs before our own. We are committed to servant leadership and model this approach to the young people we serve and our community. All the while, we encourage young people to view themselves as servant leaders ready to give to their communities whenever possible.