Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship

Each spring University School hosts a free day-long event that brings together nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students. A nationally recognized young entrepreneur will present to students and ignite their inner entrepreneurial spirit. This year’s celebration will be a hybrid event. In person seating is limited, so make sure to register ASAP.

Afterschool Watch Party – April 6, 2022

Join us for our first Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship Afterschool Watch Party on Wednesday, April 6th from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST. This special event is a precursor to our hybrid Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship event on April 13th. In addition to Jahkil’s keynote, you will also hear from other youth about their social entrepreneurship endeavors!

Watch Party Registration!


Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship – April 13, 2022

Join us for our 13th annual Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship event. This year’s keynote speaker, Jahkil Jackson, will be discussing his entrepreneurial journey and providing students with a framework on how they can be social entrepreneurs in their own communities.

All sessions can be attended virtually, but you MUST register.
Session 1: 9:40 am-10:40 am *
Session 2: 11:45 am- 12:30 pm
*Please note, in-person attendance is full for session 1

CYE Registration!


Honoring Greg Malkin – April 13, 2022 7:00-8:30pm

It is our pleasure to cordially invite you to our 13th annual Celebrate Youth Entrepreneurship event. This year is especially significant as we will gather to celebrate Greg Malkin’s retirement from University School and Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI). Please join us on Wednesday, April 13 from 7:00-8:30 pm at University School in Hunting Valley. The event will feature remarks by Greg’s former student Kevin Tan, US class of 2012 and founder of Snackpass, as well as a young entrepreneur market and socializing.

Honoring Greg Malkin


Our 2022 Featured Speaker is Jahkil Jackson!

Jahkil Naeem Jackson is a best-selling author, social entrepreneur, student athlete, influencer, and founder of Project I Am, a nonprofit organization he created when he was eight years old. Now 14, Jahkil has a heartfelt desire to help those in need. Jahkil’s mission is to build awareness of homelessness and to help the homeless population by offering “Blessing Bags,” a giveaway filled with masks, wipes, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, and more. In just a few years, Jahkil’s efforts have empowered hundreds of young people to become change agents and has led Project I Am’s efforts in raising $275,000 for the homeless.  Additionally, Jahkil’s efforts have touched nearly 70,000 men, women, and children across the world.

Summer 2016, he was named a Youth Ambassador for Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations.  Winter 2017, Jahkil became a member of the WE International Youth Council. WE is a movement that exists to make the world a better place. WE Day is also a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. Jahkil was a guest speaker for 2017 and 2018. Fall 2018, Jahkil became the youngest member of the Independent Youth group which empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurial innovators. Jahkil was named Vice Chairman of the 2019 KidBox Youth Board of Directors and named one of BET’s 15 under 15.

Most notably, Jahkil was acknowledged as one of three influential people of 2017 by President Barack Obama and the Obama Foundation. Jahkil was also tapped to participate in Disney’s Be Inspired Black History campaign, GAP’s Next Generation campaign, Lebron James’ #AlwaysBelieve campaign, Nike’s Until We All Win & You Can’t Stop Our Voice campaigns and is now a Marvel Super Hero and CNN Hero Young Wonder!


Previous CYE Speakers:

CYE 2021 – Haile Thomas, Founder, CEO, HAPPY

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CYE 2019 – Graham Veysey US ’00, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of North Water Partners

CYE 2018 – Krystal Persaud, Senior Director of Product Design & Strategy, littleBits

CYE 2017 – Jon Kaplan US ’91, Head of Global Sales, Pinterest

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CYE 2016 – Andrew Yang, Founder and CEO, Venture for America

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CYE 2015 – Clint Greenleaf US ’93, Entrepreneur, Author, Personal Finance Expert

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CYE 2014 – Shama Hyder, Author and Entrepreneur, Zen Marketing

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