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Youth interest in entrepreneurship is on the rise. In the U.S., eight in 10 students (77%) in grades 5 – 12 say they want to be their own boss, 45% say they plan to start their own business, and 42% say they will invent something that changes the world, according to the Gallup-HOPE Index.
Whole Kids Foundation is excited to help support parents of young entrepreneurs to inspire the future generation of thought leaders and for kids to become entrepreneurs because the skills needed as a successful young business leader will benefit them for a lifetime.
Get tips from D'Andra and Theo Ulmer, parents of 15-year-old business sensation and founder of Austin-based Me & the Bees Lemonade, Mikaila Ulmer. With her parents’ support at just four years old, Mikaila started making honey-sweetened lemonade with a simple mission – “to make a difference in the world and protect our pollinators.” Ten years later, Mikaila is now selling her lemonade in hundreds of stores across the country, including Whole Foods Market and Amazon, and donates a percentage of every sale to local and international organizations working to support honeybees.
To get the inside scoop on what it takes to nurture an aspiring kidpreneur, we connected with Veronica Robinson, mom and chief supporter of MasterChef Junior finalist, Evan Robinson, to get her first-hand advice.
From critical thinking to goal setting, entrepreneurship skills are life skills. Learn how Whole Kids Foundation Executive Director, Nona Evans, has become a student of entrepreneurship. It all began in the second grade with her son's “market day.” Market Day is a series of lessons where kids ideate, design, and create a product. It culminates in one day where the students sell their products.
Teachers play a vital, life-long role in helping young people realize their potential. As we celebrate kidpreneurs who are making a difference in their communities, we’re also spotlighting the village of supporters who help them bring their visions to life. We spoke with Veronique Mareen, Farm and Kitchen Lead and Instructor at Austin Montessori School, to get her expert insight on how teachers can best support budding entrepreneurs both inside and outside of the classroom