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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

Who We Are

At Independent Youth we have one goal: empower today’s teens to become tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurial innovators. Through unique programs focused on Peer-to-Peer mentorship with a Network of Teen Entrepreneurs, and events like our annual TrepStart Day and ExploreAvision business launch competition, we engage and educate youth on entrepreneurship challenging them to develop their passions and ideas into successful businesses.

Our diverse Board of Directors offer years of real-life knowledge and experience across multiple entrepreneurial and business ventures, while our Junior Board Members, comprised of successful teen entrepreneurs, provide invaluable feedback on our programs and the constantly evolving teen culture.

Independent Youth programs are designed to positively impact the student, which in turn has the potential to positively impact their family and community. As a social enterprise 501(c)(3) we are measuring our success in terms of Social Impact. We give students a jump-start to discover their passions, develop their ideas into concrete plans, and to make a difference in their lives and the lives around them.