Skip to Content

Youth Entrepreneurship Toolkit


Youth Entrepreneurship Toolkit


Entrepreneurship programs offer a great way to engage teens in productive, fun learning activities with lots of hands-on application. Some programs are designed to assist young people in actually designing and launching their own new business venture. Others teach the principles and steps of doing so, but students simply write business plans without actually incorporating a new enterprise. The programs from which these tools are drawn do a good job of incorporating a strong sense of business ethics among student participants, as well as emphasizing life skills that reach beyond the business sphere. The “Get Ready” materials will assist faith leaders in conceiving and designing new entrepreneurship programs. The “Go” tools can be used during the program implementation phase. The “Additional Resources” section lists books and curricula related to youth entrepreneurship as well as organizations that provide consulting and training services.

Get Ready

1. Start-Up Essentials

Use this checklist to help guide you in developing your new youth entrepreneurship program.

2. Ways to Enhance Your Entrepreneurship Program

Try out these ideas to add some spice to your program.

3. Testimonial of a Youth Entrepreneur

Make the concept of youth entrepreneurship plausible to your students by sharing with them this great story.

4. The Benefits of Youth Entrepreneurship Training: What the Research Shows

Multiple studies indicate the positive benefits of youth entrepreneurship. Use these findings to help “make the case” for your new initiative among potential funders and volunteers.


1. Guest Entrepreneur Talking Points

This form will help your guest speakers get oriented to the kinds of issues and questions they should be prepared to discuss when they visit your program to make a presentation.

2. Program Contents: The New Youth Entrepreneur

This is the table of contents of one of the leading curricula used by FBOs and other nonprofits in their youth entrepreneurship programs. It provides a thorough overview of the types of lessons and topics covered in the curriculum and the sequence of the teaching program.

3. Curriculum Review of You’re the Boss

This is a detailed overview of the You’re the Boss youth entrepreneurship curriculum by veteran practitioner/teacher Bonnie Drew.

4. Curriculum Review of Creating True Wealth: Christian Youth Entrepreneurship

This summarizes the main themes and lessons of this explicitly Biblical, multi-week entrepreneurship curriculum for teens.

5. Curriculum Review of How to Start & Operate a Small Business: A Guide for the Young Entrepreneur

This curriculum is produced by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Inc. (NFTE) whose mission, in part, is to help at-risk youth grow in personal development and to become positive leaders in their communities.

6. Great Business Ideas for Youth

Use this hand-out with students in your program, to help stimulate their creative thinking about the kinds of business ventures they might consider launching.

7. Glossary of Business Terms

Program instructors can use this hand-out with students to help them get oriented to the vocabulary they will hear throughout your youth entrepreneurship program.

8. Entrepreneurial Tendency Evaluation

This self-assessment allows students to judge whether they possess several different types of entrepreneurial characteristics such as perseverance, risk-taking, and creativity. The questionnaire is followed by an activity that helps students to identify activities they could undertake to further develop their entrepreneurial capacity.

9. Evaluating Possible Business Opportunities

Students can use these key questions with a mentor or friend to help them assess the viability of different types of potential business plans.

10. Awards Ceremony

This short article gives tips on how to run a successful graduation/closure event for your youth entrepreneurship program.

11. A Success Story of African-American Entrepreneurship

This is one of several inspirational and instructive stories from Making Money the Old-Fashioned Way. These kinds of historical anecdotes can help motivate students to see the possibilities for themselves of potential business ventures (“if others can do it, I can too!”) The story is written in a way that highlights the particular skills the entrepreneurs had to possess and display in order to be successful.

Additional Resources

Print Resources

You’re the Boss: Lifeskills & Entrepreneurship Program: Leader’s Guide by Bonnie Drew, (Plainview: The Bureau for At-Risk Youth, 2000).

The New Youth Entrepreneur: Instructor’s Guide (EDTEC and Kaufmann Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, 1999).

Creating True Wealth: Christian Youth Entrepreneurship by Duane Moyer (Belmont: Youth Business Publishing, 1999).

How to Start and Operate a Small Business by SteveMariotti with Tony Towle (The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Inc., 2001).

Making Money the Old-Fashioned Way by Aaron Bocage and George Waters (Camden: EDTEC, Inc., 2000).


Training Opportunities and Resources



Offers consulting and training services



Offers facilitator training

Offers teacher training, consulting services, and special youth entrepreneurship camps

Related Articles
Job Club

Related Books
The New Youth Entrepreneur: Instructor’s Guide

Related Links


Conference Calendar
Find Others
Ask a Specialist