May 29, 2018
For years parents have come to us after their kids finish an invention education program or compete in an invention convention and ask, “what’s next?” Well… it turns out that a lot of the young inventors we come across are natural entrepreneurs – they do branding for their inventions, they come to the conventions wearing “company logo” shirts and they end up talking a lot about competition and how to drive down costs and the like. In fact, parents are often surprised at just how entrepreneurial their kids actually are, despite the fact that they’ve never been formally educated in the subject. So, we’ve had a growing feeling that perhaps “what’s next” is to find a way to provide that education.
That’s why STEMIE is honored and excited to announce our newest partnership – with Youth Entrepreneurs(YE), a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Together we will bring YE’s successful entrepreneurship curriculum to STEMIE’s affiliate organizations and Invention Convention kid inventors worldwide. With this new partnership, YE’s curriculum will become STEMIE’s preferred entrepreneurship curriculum, building upon STEMIE’s own new invention curriculum and acting as the capstone course for the hundreds of thousands of young inventors participating in invention education programs across the U.S. and around the world.
YE was founded in 1991 by Liz and Charles Koch (he is the CEO of Koch Industries, a major supporter of YE) after they observed a need for entrepreneurship education in their local schools in Wichita, Kansas. Through YE, they developed a platform where students could gain the skills and confidence to pursue productive, fulfilling lives through entrepreneurship. The program has grown into a year-long accredited course for high school students and is continuing to expand with a follow-on program called YE Academy, which provides current and alumni students with events, scholarships and partnership programs to further their entrepreneurship education.
YE is currently in over 180 classrooms and has nearly 27,000 alumni – students with improved outcomes in terms of high school graduation, college attendance and in business. We’re happy to introduce YE’s curriculum to attendees at NICEE 2018 and to offer this unique, experiential curriculum to our affiliate programs going forward.
Our goal is to not do it all ourselves, especially when there’s best-of-breed resources available for us to share with our inventors. That’s why we’ve organized the STEMIE Coalition the way we have and why we partner when it makes sense and enhances the mission of the coalition. There’s lots of great programs and resources out there to help our inventors – and YE is definitely one of them. As Helen Keller said: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”