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Youth and Entrepreneurship

Discover a range of tools, programs and resources that are available to assist with you starting, growing and succeeding in your own business venture as an entrepreneurial youth.

JA is a worldwide organization helping youth prepare for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

NFTE helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity by improving academic, business and life skills; training and supporting for youth professionals and more.

The Young Americas Business Trust promotes social and economic development in the Western Hemisphere and elsewhere through programs, projects, and activities focused on helping to create and advance efforts to improve the quality of life of youth and young adults, especially those living in or near poverty. Activities include creating employment opportunities, advocacy, strategic planning, program development, entrepreneurial development, technical assistance, financial support and program funding. The YABT draws on more than seventeen years of pioneer OAS experience designing and developing innovative entrepreneur and micro-enterprise programs targeted to young people, including youth development, mentoring, training, and finance.

Youth Venture inspires and invests in teams of young people to design and launch their own lasting social ventures, enabling them to have this transformative experience of leading positive social change. Started in the US, Youth Venture is now expanding internationally. Youth Venturers start businesses, civil society organizations and informal programs that address all kinds of social issues, including poverty, health, the elderly, the environment, education, diversity issues, and the arts. Youth Venture helps our Venturers through this process of designing and launching their ventures, providing guidance, how-to’s, and a process for designing and pitching a venture idea.

Local Free and Low-Cost Assistance for Youth and Entrepreneurship

Discover and connect with thousands of FREE business assistance resources that can help young entrepreneurs. Search by type of help needed or by type of agency, by state and by your local community. Select the program or individual most suited to help you with your particular business interest or need.

Financing Programs for Youth and Entrepreneurship

There are many ways to finance a young, entrepreneurial venture or fund entrepreneurial growth. Select from the following list based on your interest or need:

Public Funding Programs

Discover various public funding programs aimed at financing young, entrepreneurial ventures that seek to add value to a particular community or region such as new jobs or main street improvements.

Alternative Funding

Discover a wide range of ways to fund youth driven entrepreneurship including factoring, merchant advances, peer-to-peer lending and more.

Discover by stage of entrepreneurial development that your youth enterprise is in, what resources exist to support your progress accordingly, where they are located and who to contact.

Find the products and services that you need to support the growth, productivity, operational efficiency, and profitability of a young enterprise.

Learn the skills you need to be successful in your youth based business development activities. Train on-line, in the classroom, at your business facility, via workshops, seminars, or one-on-one counseling.

Find useful business articles, business forms and business links to help you connect with additional tools and information to support your youth entrepreneurship.

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About Your Educational Champion

BDKI "Knowledge Institute is a philanthropic organization and convener of entrepreneurial talent that specializes in economic and small business development. Recognized by the US Small Business Administration (SBA), Government agencies, Fortune 500 Companies and other industry experts as leaders in small business communication and education, the Institute established, for the first time, a centralized place where all individuals go to learn about and connect with free entrepreneurial assistance programs and high value goods, services and technologies. Institute networks support start-up, home office, small and medium-sized businesses in all 50 United States and internationally."

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