News Alert, Press Release|

HELENA– Youth Entrepreneurs® (YE), a nationwide organization dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship skills to high school students, will launch in Montana in time for the 2018-19 school year.

The program is completely funded by private donors, including a gift from Whitefish philanthropist and entrepreneur Michael Goguen, among others.

“The power of philanthropy for positive change is enormous. To have entrepreneurs of this caliber invested in this initiative is remarkable,” said Liz Marchi, who is leading the YE initiative in Montana.

In partnership with Montana Chamber Foundation and One Montana, YE was introduced to a group of 40 educators and entrepreneurs from around the state at a Bozeman event at the end of February. Following the event, the teachers were eager to incorporate this program into their classrooms.

The program uses an interactive curriculum to teach market principles, risk analysis, disruption and problem solving in a classroom setting. The skills gained can be applied to both markets and social problems and gives students a glimpse into careers and opportunities they might not otherwise have thought about or pursued.

“We are so excited to be able to expand on the great work that is already being done in the area of teen entrepreneurship programs in Montana, to reach even more students in more schools around the state,” Marchi said. “By focusing on small communities, we hope that we can give kids a taste of business and entrepreneurship that exists within their communities as well as a little farther away. Ultimately, we hope that students will use their experiences and the skills they learn to solve problems within their communities.”

The program is set to launch in six pilot schools around this state this fall, with plans to grow exponentially into more schools over the next several years. YE will work within the curriculum protocols of the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and is one of the new program initiatives under the entrepreneurship objective of Montana Chamber’s Envision 2026 plan.

You can learn more about YE at

For more information about YE in Montana, contact Liz Marchi at [email protected].


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For Immediate Release
May 1, 2018
Media Contact: Communications Director Alexandria Klapmeier
(C) 406-437-4634 or [email protected]

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