Very few high school students know exactly what they want to do by the time they graduate. While this can be attributed in part to age, a bigger factor may be lack of exposure to potential career opportunities. Gallup studies show that less than 25% of high school students are offered a business or entrepreneurial course by the time they graduate. By increasing the number of minds exposed to business options, we increase the number of creative, viable businesses. Independent Youth’s programming aims to provide students the opportunity to discover what they love, and the tools to develop that into a successful business. As social entrepreneur, Independent Youth recognizes and addresses these needs, using the very business model taught in our programs.
Not only do these programs have positive impacts on the individual students, but they have the potential to affect the community at large. As the country and many Americans face difficulties, we give students a chance to make a difference.
Through social media, email and events, we are able to track the impact our programs have on students and the community. In addition to student feed-back and data, we are setting and achieving internal goals which help us further maximize the social impact of Independent Youth. As we grow, we plan to include parents and teachers on mailing and invitation lists, as well as developing incentive programs to encourage long-term communication with former participants.