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Economic Academies are economic classes for high school students. The Academy challenges students to grow in their understanding of:

  • Economics,
  • Entrepreneurship, and
  • The pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

Students can then apply these concepts in their decision making and develop an economic way of thinking.

Urban Economics Academy

Urban Economics Academy is a program designed to teach economics through the urban context. Students will study and discuss topics associated primarily within urban communities to develop growth in their knowledge of people and businesses, and how they utilize their resources. This academy is open for any alum with afternoon flexibility and students within the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Youth Entrepreneurs programs.

  • Every other week programming starting Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • Wednesdays | 1:00 – 2:30 pm | Kansas City Youth Entrepreneurs Offices, 707 Minnesota Ave, Ste 504 Kansas City, KS
  • RSVP by e-mailing
  • For information on the 2014-15 Academy contact
  • YE Academy Points: 200 total

Current Events and the Economic Way of Thinking

This academy is developed to teach economics by looking at events currently taking place in the world. Basic economic concepts will be learned and discussed studying numerous topics, with few being off limits! If you would like to learn more about economics and enjoy a healthy debate, this is the academy for you! This academy is open to any current Youth Entrepreneurs student and all alumi.

  • Every other week programming starting Monday, November 17, 2014
  • Mondays | 3:30 – 4:30pm | live online programming
  • RSVP by e-mailing
  • For information on the 2014-15 Academy contact
  • YE Academy Points: 200 total

Sports and Economics Academy

Sports provide an entertaining and unique way of illustrating economic concepts at work. The Sports and Economics academy will explore and apply an economic way of thinking to issues related to sports. From dissecting the billion dollar fantasy football market, rapid cheating in professional baseball and cycling, to the size of crowds at WNBA games; students will learn how economics is indeed involved in many areas related to sports.

  • Every other week programming starting Thursday, November 20, 2014
  • Thursdays| 3:30 – 4:30pm | live online programming
  • RSVP by e-mailing
  • For information on the 2014-15 Academy contact
  • YE Academy Points: 200 total

Spring Break Academy

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Daymond John, and Mary Barra have in common? They all solved problems from an entrepreneurial mindset changing the way millions live today all while growing successful businesses. This year’s Spring Break Academy will focus on topics in entrepreneurship, economics, problem solving, MBM, freedom and liberty. This three day academy offers YE students and alumni the opportunity to discuss these topics with peers and learn from authorities in their fields

  • March 15-18, 2015 | Dinner provided
  • Kansas City, KS

For information on the 2013-14 Academy contact Tiffany Staley.

Economics of Fashion Academy

The Economics of Fashion Academy is crafted to shed light on the world of fashion and the many economic lessons that exist specifically within the industry. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss topics such as subjective and objective value, economic imitation, intellectual property, government regulation, market creation, and reverse innovation. This is an online academy available to all regions.

  • Every week programming starting Thursday, April 2, 2015
  • Thursdays | 3:30 – 5:00 PM CST | live online programming
  • RSVP by e-mailing
  • For information on the 2015 Academy contact Grant Mankin
  • YE Academy Points: 112 total

Economics of Kanza Café Academy

Interested in running or owning a restaurant? The Kanza Café Academy will give you the opportunity to be part of an elite “THINK TANK” to use what we have learned in Youth Entrepreneurs along with specialized concepts and apply them to developing a strategic plan for the Topeka Public Schools owned café. The 501 school district knows what students learn in YE, and they would love these students to take on the Kanza Café as “THINK TANK” project. In this 6 week academy, we will be reviewing the revenue stream, marketing strategy, SWOT analysis, competitive advantage, value creation, and providing solutions to their current challenges. This academy will be in person at the Topeka office for the first session of the month and online for the second session of the month. Are you the one who wants to roll up their sleeves, become a project manager and see your ideas make a difference, if so RSVP today!

  • Every other week programming starting Tuesday November 10, 2015
  • Tuesday | 4:00-5:30 | 2nd Tues of the month – In Person (YE Office) | 4th Tues of the month – Online
  • Additional 15 points for optional lunch with food service director to discuss goals for the café
    Location: Kanza Café October 29 11:30-12:45 | 2701 SW East Circle Dr. South | Topeka KS
  • Topeka Youth Entrepreneurs office is located in 712 Innovations | 712 S Kansas | Suite 1 | Topeka KS
  • RSVP by e-mailing
  • For information on the 2015-2016 Kanza Café Academy contact Jake Taylor
  • YE Academy Points: 120 total (plus 35 optional additional points)
  • Additional 20 points for presenting game plan for the Kanza Cafe
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