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HELENA – The following schools and organizations have stepped up to be the first cohort of teachers trained in the Youth Entrepreneurs® (YE) program in Montana. YE is a national program that ignites a passion for business education and entrepreneurship and provides the practical experience necessary to apply it to real-life situations.

While school is out for most teachers, this group of dedicated individuals will begin an effort that could bring significant opportunity to Montana over the next years. Private philanthropy, including a significant gift from Michael Goguen, will enable these teachers to travel and participate in the national training for YE. Attending this summer from Montana will be:

  • Robin Allen – Chinook High School
  • Scott Hanson – Billings Career Center
  • Beth Linquist – Plentywood High School
  • Theresa Reimer – Red Lodge High School
  • Beth Stohlmann – Petra Academy Bozeman
  • Mandie Reed – Wheatland County Extension Agent
  • Jody Sandru– Twin Bridges High School
  • Jim Masker – ONE MONTANA – Educator Outreach Director for YE

In partnership with the Montana Chamber Foundation and One Montana, YE is part of Envision 2026, the Chamber’s ten-year strategic plan. Initiatives under that plan include entrepreneurship and innovation.

“We are beyond excited to be part of a broad collaboration with OPI, private philanthropy and organizations like the Chamber Foundation who understand the imperative of engaging our young people in entrepreneurship as an approach to problem solving,” YE Director Liz Marchi said. “I am grateful for the partnerships and support of so many people and organizations in getting to this point .”

You can learn more about YE at YE Montana plans to be available in every part of Montana over the next several years.

YE Montana is actively seeking local businesses and individuals who want to be local ambassadors for the program. The YE 100 has launched and will be made up of individuals and businesses who commit to supporting the rollout effort for 5 years.

For more information about YE or to become part of the YE 100, contact Liz Marchi at [email protected].


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June 26, 2018
Media Contact: Communications Director Alexandria Klapmeier
(C) 406-437-4634 or [email protected]

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