Entrepreneurship– taking a great idea and turning it into a business– is an alternative to working in someone else's company. Y.O.U. believes that teens should learn about entrepreneurship to know if it is a viable career option.
E CITY (Entrepreneurship: Connecting, Inspiring and Teaching Youth) introduces teens to the process of starting a real business. Part of Y.O.U. since 2011, E CITY was founded in 2002 by entrepreneurs and business people who play a key role as coaches in E CITY programs.
E CITY is structured on the belief that many teens have mental toughness, street smarts, survival instincts, and creativity – qualities that are key traits of successful entrepreneurship, and that, if shown how, inner-city kids can build on these innate traits to achieve success in the business world.
Using an innovative 70-hour curriculum from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, E CITY focuses on entrepreneurial and business skills. E CITY is delivered by Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers at many sites across Northeast Ohio, in formats that range from two-week summer Biz Camps to classes that meet in a school over the academic year.
Each participant receives a $50 stipend to start the business. During the course, business volunteers work as one-on-one coaches with the teens.
At the end of the school year, the top teens from each E CITY site advance to a city-wide competition to present their company and product and compete for cash prizes of $250-$1,000 and the chance to advance to the national level.
Check out our Upcoming Events page for more information on our annual Young Entrepreneur of the Year Competition.
CITY is made possible thanks to the generous support of lead funders Burton D. Morgan Foundation and The Veale Foundation.