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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
  • The pursuit of liberty and prosperity

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

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 Thursday programming starting February 4, 2016
  • Thursdays| 3:30 – 4:30pm | live online programming
  • RSVP by emailing Tiffany Staley at Tiffany Staley
  • For information on the 2015-2016 Academy contact Tiffany Staley at
  • YE Academy Points: 20 points per session

Economics The Law

“Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we don’t not want the state to raise grain.” -Frederic Bastiat

Do you agree or disagree with the above statement? If you would like to learn more and discuss such topics this would be a great academy for you!

  • Dates: Feb 16th , March 1st, March 22nd, March 29th, March 12th
  • Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Location: Online Adobe Connect
  • For information on the 2015-2016 Academy contact Tiffany Staley at
  • Reading Material: The Law
  • YE Academy Points: 100 points (80 Attendance/Participation & 20 points for Reflection Essay)

Economics of Fashion Academy

Fashion is an industry that is complicated and wonderful in its uniqueness. Chances are that what you are wearing right this minute is a knockoff. Chances are that somebody probably started at the end of the product creation process and worked backwards in order to innovate a way to make what you are wearing. The Economics of fashion Academy is a chance for you to learn about this knockoff economy, how the Fashion industry works, it’s struggles with patents and intellectual property and how sustainability threatens some of the products and brands that you know and love. If you are thinking about wanting to be a part of the fashion industry, whether it is as a buyer, a creator, a boutique owner or just a customer this is the academy that you will want to be a part of.

  • Every Thursday programming starting Thursday, April 7, 2016
  • Thursdays | 3:30 – 5:00 PM CST | Live online programming
  • RSVP by Emailing
  • For information on the 2016 Academy contact Grant Mankin at Grant Mankin
  • YE Academy Points: 120

Economics of Kanza Café Academy

Interested in learning more about the restaurant business? The Kanza Café Academy will give you the opportunity to develop a plan or recommendation to the Topeka Public School District to help them improve the Kanza Café. You will have the opportunity to utilize the skills you have learned in the Youth Entrepreneurs class to assist in advancing the mission and goals of the Kanza Café through value creation, marketing strategy, competitive advantage, and others to provide solutions and recommendations.

This Academy will be available for Topeka Youth Entrepreneurs students in in-person and online formats.

  • Optional session: Lunch with the Kanza Café food service director | October 29th | 11:30-12:45 | Kanza Café 2701 SW East Circle Dr. Topeka, KS | 15 YE Academy Points
  • Weekly programming starting Tuesday November 3rd ending Dec.1st
  • Tuesday | 4:00-5:30 | In person meeting at the Topeka Regional Youth Entrepreneurs Office Located inside 712 Innovations at 712 S Kansas Ave | Suite 1 | Topeka KS |
  • RSVP or questions please contact Jake Taylor at
  • Up to 120 YE Academy Points available
  • Plus up to 35 additional points for participating in the optional session and/or presenting
  • Additional 20 points available for presenting game plan for the Kanza Cafe
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