Annual Enspire Conference Doubles in Size!!

The third annual Enspire Conference, sponsored by Burton D. Morgan Foundation, welcomed 375 educators on November 3-4. Teachers from public and private schools, school administrators, program directors and non-profit professionals were inspired by speakers from Stanford University design school, John Carroll University and the philanthropic start-up Donors Choose.

Friday afternoon’s hands-on workshop led by Stanford’s Rich Cox focused on teaching creativity – with exercises and examples of how to get ideas out of your head and into the world. Saturday’s programming started with a fun and energetic presentation on leadership from John Carroll’s Scott Allen. Entrepreneur (and former teacher) Charles Best told the story of founding Donors Choose, the crowdfunding organization that allows individuals to help classrooms in need. The day concluded with a round-robin of presentations from 26 teachers and program leaders sharing best practices in K-12 education.

Other conference highlights were hearing student entrepreneur pitches and shopping at the Young Entrepreneur Market. A huge thanks to Charles Best and Burton D. Morgan Foundation for giving every Enspire attendee a gift card to invest up to $100 in a classroom project. Click here to view the conference photo album.

Order Lemonade Day Curriculum – at No Cost to You!

Lemonade Day is a ready-to-use curriculum that comes in one of two formats – a printed youth or teen workbook, or an online learning game. This free, national program is a fun way to teach students about entrepreneurship and business though the time-honored tradition of starting and operating a lemonade stand. In 2017 nearly 4,000 students across Northeast Ohio participated in Lemonade Day. Click here to request materials. Contact Jessie Jones at with questions.

YEI Programs Featured on WKYC’s We the People

The Enspire Conference was a featured segment on WKYC’s We The People on November 10. Click here to watch the clip. Tune in this coming Friday, November 24 at noon to see local student entrepreneurs, all part of Young Entrepreneur Market, featured.

Idea Pitch Competition for Creatives

Self Employment in the Arts is hosting a national pitch competition for artist entrepreneurs – high school students are eligible. There is a $2,000 prize pool and entries must be received by the end of January. Click here for more details.

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