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The first Warren Miller Freedom Foundation Young Entrepreneurs class was piloted in two classes in the summer of 2004 on Orcas Island in Washington State with 20 young people. We started our classes through the YMCA after school programs in the fall of 2006 with 5 after school classes and 35 students. By the end of the school year we had a total of 21 classes in 3 sessions serving over 200 students.
The Young Entrepreneur program has formally existed since 2006 in the Seattle area. The classes are now offered through community centers, nonprofit organizations and after school programs. New students enroll each session as it is a repeated 10 week curriculum however, students are encouraged to continue with the next session to support their on-going business and reinforce the tenets of small business operation with the guidance of the mentor.
Class size: up to 20 (depending upon age)
Course is 10 weeks, once a week for 2 hours
Mentor Guide, Student Guide, and collateral provided by the Foundation
Mentors are college students, business professionals, or leaders from the sponsoring organization (Mentor Guide covers all that is needed to teach the program…the Mentor/Leader need not to ever have operated a business)
Sponsoring organizations are encouraged to include the WMFF program in their roster of classes
Since its inception in 2005, the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation has provided basic business education and motivation to over 3,000 youth in Washington, Montana, and Colorado, and California. In addition, through partnerships with the YMCA, National Boys and Girls Clubs, and more locally in the SeattlePublicSchool District as well as MontanaPublic Schools and community centers, the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation has upcoming programs in Texas, Michigan, and Massachusetts! The Warren Miller Freedom Foundation has achieved these remarkable results through a robust community-based mentor program.
Due to the overwhelming interest created by our Young Entrepreneurs Program, the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation has recently developed an Entrepreneur Program for Adults! This program is also available free of charge to any organization willing to complete the application process and sponsor a class.