EYFO YouthEntrepreneurs Program
EYFO YouthEntrepreneurs cultivate the entrepreneurial leadership skills of underserved middle & high school-aged youth by providing hands on experience operating an art-based business. Through the Youth in Business (YIB) design collective, youth are taught how to run a successful business as a team, selling art products and clothing created by them.
· EYFO YouthEntrepreneurs receive financial sustainability as business owners.
· EYFO YouthEntrepreneurs are engaged and taught leadership development.
· EYFO YouthEntrepreneurs are provided with career and higher education planning.
· EYFO YouthEntrepreneurs are given tools to promote economic independence.
EYFO YouthEntrepreneurs must live in King County and have an interest in art and running their own business including:
· Agreeing to manage their social media account.
· Agree to open up a bank account with Verity Credit Union.
· Agree to meeting twice a week or more to create content and manage their store.
· Commit to taking financial literacy classes taught by our partner Verity Credit Union.
Verity Credit Union
· EYFO YouthEntrepreneurs open bank accounts at Verity Credit Union.
· Financial management is taught to students/families once a quarter.
· EYFO meets with students twice a week or as needed to complete orders.
· Twice a year, students attend a 2-day retreat, learning the basics of running a
Parents and or mentor supports the student’s efforts by:
· Assisting with marketing
· Participate and attend monthly meetings
· Support students at vendor events
· Quarterly retreats and training for the students and their parents/mentors.
· EYFO will purchase and provide supplies for students to create goods to sell.
· EYFO provides an Etsy Store to sell their merchandise
· EYFO trains them on how to maintain and update content on Etsy.