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Detroit Students Turn Entrepreneurship Curriculum Into Enterprises Youth Entrepreneurs Market Day gives students the opportunity to test their business ideas

DETROIT, MICH., – Students in the Detroit-area who are exploring entrepreneurship as a viable career option, have taken their first step by enrolling in a program called Youth Entrepreneurs(YE).

YE is an elective program that is currently offered to 250 students at 10 public and charter high school and middle schools in Southeast Michigan. The goal of YE is to give students economic thinking and creative risk-taking skills that prepares students for success in pursuing their dreams. YE teaches students Principled Entrepreneurship™, self-actualization, economic concepts, and how to create value for others, to name a few learning moments.

On Wednesday, March 6, 15 students from Cornerstone Health + Technology High School in Detroit will transform their dreams into a reality with 10 pop-up shops in the school’s halls for Market Day.

Market Day gives students the opportunity to transform a business idea into reality while applying classroom knowledge to run their own businesses.  

Market Day is an accumulation of lessons from the classroom, and the opportunity to combine them to create a successful pop-up business for a designated period of time,” says Renate Matthews, a teacher at Cornerstone Health + Technology High School. “It provides students the hands-on opportunity to transform a business idea at every stage, from bidding for capital to purchasing and execution.”

“YE’s Market Day initiative provides students the opportunity to run a mini business for a day and earn real profit,” says Arthur Hampton, area manager for YE in Michigan. “This is one piece of a robust curriculum that brings business studies to life through experiential learning, executed in real, market-based scenarios.”

Youth Entrepreneurs has more than 30,000 alumni and is currently in nearly 280 classrooms in 19 states. 

From July 15-19, Detroit will host the Youth Entrepreneurs National Summit with 600 students, alumni and educators converging on Southeast Michigan for a week-long emersion into Principled Entrepreneurship. 


WHAT:    Market Day

Students will set up shop in the halls of Cornerstone to test their business models and sell their products (mostly food). 

Students, teachers, the principal, and alumni of the YE program are available to talk to the media. 

There will also be great visuals of students selling and buying in a crowded school hallway and the potential for a multimedia story as well.

WHEN:    Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

WHERE:    Cornerstone Health + Technology High School, 17351 Southfield Fwy, Detroit, MI 48235

To learn more about YE’s curriculum and experiential learning activities the teachers are trained to facilitate and implement in their classrooms please find the link here or visit www.YouthEntrepreneurs.org

Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOnqZAjfkII

Where can you find YE Programs in the State of Michigan?

  • Chandler Park Academy Middle School, Harper Woods
  • Cornerstone Health + Technology High School, Detroit
  • Flex Tech High School, Brighton
  • Flex Tech High School, Novi
  • Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit
  • Pansophia Middle School, Coldwater
  • Pansophia High School, Coldwater
  • River Rouge High School, River Rouge
  • University Prep Academy High School, Detroit
  • University Prep Science & Math High School, Detroit

About Youth Entrepreneurs 
Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) began in a single classroom in 1991 and has since grown to inspire more than 30,000 young people to achieve far more than they ever thought possible. YE educators receive extensive online resources, training, and the freedom to customize a real-world, hands-on curriculum that benefits their students most. Rooted in entrepreneurial and economic principles, the YE curriculum reveals the innate passions and abilities within students so they believe in themselves and what they can accomplish. YE is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is funded by private donations. For more information, visit YouthEntrepreneurs.org.