Youth Entrepreneurs Inc. (DBA Empowered)

Great teachers preparing students for life ahead.

aka Empowered   |   Wichita, KS   |  teachempowered.org

Mission

MISSION Empowering teachers with a growth mindset in their classrooms, careers, and communities. ABOUT Empowered grew out of a community of teachers using powerful methods to deploy an entrepreneurship curriculum called Youth Entrepreneurs™. Founded originally in 1991, Youth Entrepreneurs built a methodology to help teachers leverage their flexible, hands-on activities in the classroom. After 30 years of evolution and refinement, that methodology, and the community around it, grew to be powerful forces of their own. Empowered is a community of teachers that rose up organically from a calling to change the face and purpose of education and reclaim control over their classroom and career.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Mrs. Kylie Stupka

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Ms. Lindsay Schroeder

Main address

4111 E 37th St N Suite D101

Wichita, KS 67220 USA

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Formerly known as

Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas

Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia

Youth Entrepreneurs Missouri

Youth Entrepreneurs Foundation

Youth Entrepreneurs

EIN

48-1187886

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

America’s students are not developing the perspective needed to succeed in our modern marketplace and life. • Nearly all students believe tests and grades do not effectively drive true learning. • ±75% of students feel confused about how in-school learning applies to life. • 75% of students say use negative emotions when asked how they feel at school. • 60% of grads lack ”skills” and “proficiency” for their intended pursuits. • 31% of high school graduates report being “somewhat” satisfied with their education. We are at a crucial moment. The innovation that built this country is in jeopardy. For our society to prosper, more young people need to take ownership of their lives, contribute to their communities, and bolster our collective future. To do that, more students need to leave school with the confidence, skills, and mindset needed to create and seize opportunities in their lives. This is only possible with change-making, dynamic teachers in our classrooms.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Empowered Academy (TeachEmpowered.org)

Professional Development (PD) is training for new and established teachers. Our PD helps teachers leverage our resources and life-changing, experiential methodology to the benefit of their students and their own careers.

- ON-DEMAND PD - A series of learning journeys that are ready when teachers are - including having as little as 10 minutes to spare.
- VIRTUAL AND LIVE EVENTS - Teachers can engage with Empowered's tight-knit family of changemakers to learn and grow together through events.
- INCENTIVIZED LEARNING - Participants earn badges and rewards to help in their journeys and careeers.

Empowered offers "RISE", "Recharge", "Empowered in Action", and "Empowered Live" as examples of PD events for community members.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Teachers

An ever-expanding catalog of experiential learning activities that can be deployed in any classroom or grade level. Marketplace allows teachers to create a custom, hands-on learning experience in your classroom.

- FULLY EXPERIENTIAL - Transform any classroom or learning space into a real-world experience by using our hands-on activities.
- IN-PERSON / VIRTUAL / HYBRID - Seamlessly change views on the same lesson between in-person mode, and virtual-learning mode to address both (or a hybrid) learning environment.
- LEVERAGE EXPERIENTIAL SELF-DISCOVERY (ESD) - All of activities are based on our ESD methodology (way of teaching) and can be used on their own or added on or integrated into existing lesson plans and activities.

Population(s) Served

We are a community of teachers, rallying around a powerful methodology, with a shared vision for better education. Teachers deserve support, community, and a place to bring their ideas, challenges, and concerns. Get the help, support, and guidance you need — all in one place.

- RELATIONSHIPS - There’s nothing more important for any professional than quality peer relationships (built on mutual respect and trust) with colleagues down the hall, across town, and around the country.
- SUPPORT - Members can bring their day-to-day or big-picture challenges and concerns to their community for immediate support, tools, ideas, and encouragement.
- KNOWLEDGE SHARING - As a community of change-makers, Empowered teachers can be at their best when operating as a hive-mind, building on the knowledge and experiences, sharing ideas and resources, and pointing each other forward.

Population(s) Served
Teachers
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Teachers
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

A MAGAZINE CELEBRATING THE EDUCATOR LIFESTYLE - AND TEACHERS

Teachers have been a near-silent force for a century. While they work, daily, to transform minds, bring up generations of well-rounded community members, and help students on their individual paths toward self discovery - they rarely get credit, much less celebration. "Empowered Teacher" is changing that oversight.

All 3.7 million K-12 teachers in America are different and alike in wonderful ways. They, together, are strong. They have a shared way of life and a similar lived experience, regardless the size and shape of the communities they serve or the school and classroom they call "home".

Now, we have a voice, a rallying cry, and a set of stories built to pour life back into our profession. Empowered magazine is the first of its kind: a magazine by teachers, for teachers. We’re glad you’re here.

Population(s) Served
Academics

Where we work

Awards

Teacher of the Year - Leslie Brown (Wyandotte High School) 2007

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Entrepreneur of the Year - Abagail Lewis (Kapaun Mt. Caramel) 2007

NFTE

Program of the Year 2006

NFTE

$10,000 National Business Plan Competition Winner - Abagail Lewis (Kaupan) 2006

NFTE

Teacher of the Year - Matthew DeVries (Kaupaun) 2006

NFTE

Teacher of the Year - Cheryl Batchellor (Clearwater High School) 2009

NFTE

Teacher of the Year - Lisa Yoder (Newton High School) 2010

NFTE

Student of the Year - Takirah Carter (J.C. Harmon High School) 2010

NFTE

National Business Plan Competition Finalist - Cassondra Sapata-Smith (Topeka High School) 2009

NFTE

National Business Plan Competition Finalist - Kayla Claphan (Campus High School) 2010

NFTE

National Business Plan Competition Finalist - Danielle Stegall (F.L. Schlagle High School) 2011

NFTE

Teacher of the Year/Janet Hartley 2012

NFTE

National Business Plan Competition Finalist/ Cale Morrow (Garden City High School) 2012

NFTE

National Business Plan Competition Finalist / Natalie Lash (Wichita East High School) 2012

NFTE

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers, Students, Researchers

Related Program

The Empowered Community

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Internal Empowered Data: Teacher and Student Pre- and Post-Participation Surveys for each school year (2020 number reflect SY2021 - August 2020 - June 2021).

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers, Researchers, Students

Related Program

Empowered Marketplace (TeachEmpowered.org)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Internal Empowered Data: Teacher and Student Pre- and Post-Participation Surveys for each school year (2020 number reflect SY2021 - August 2020 - June 2021).

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers, Students, Researchers

Related Program

Empowered Marketplace (TeachEmpowered.org)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Internal Empowered Data: Teacher and Student Pre- and Post-Participation Surveys for each school year (2020 number reflect SY2021 - August 2020 - June 2021).

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Teachers, Students

Related Program

Empowered Academy (TeachEmpowered.org)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Internal Empowered Data: Teacher and Student Pre- and Post-Participation Surveys for each school year (2020 number reflect SY2021 - August 2020 - June 2021).

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Empowered, borne from thirty years of success as Youth Entrepreneurs (YE), is a community of and for teachers, of any grade, class, subject, or setting, that celebrates the teaching profession, offers a methodology (or way of teaching) applicable to our nation’s 3.7 Million educators and 50 Million students, and provides resources to bring immersive, hands-on, "3D" education, and its benefits, to life.

Empowered’s long term goal, nationally, is to reimagine education to a better model that offers every student the essential life skills and growth mindset and entrepreneurial perspective they need to succeed in life and contribute to their communities.

To achieve that, more great teachers must have long, fulfilling, impactful careers offering students — no matter the grade level, class subject, or setting — a more meaningful education. Those students will be guided through learning that helps them discover and connect with their talents so they, and our collective society, can prosper. As a first step toward long-term goals, Empowered’s 2022 goals include:

• GROW THE COMMUNITY — At least 2x the number of “supported” Empowered teachers — to 12,000+.
• EXPAND CLASSROOM FUNDING — 4X, or better, the number of “funded” Empowered teachers — to 3,000+.
• IMPACTING MORE STUDENTS — Engage 1.75MM K-12 students in learning that better prepares them for life.

This expansion was also fueled by increased interest and engagement from educators outside of the “traditional” classroom we served – all of whom were interested in resources that allowed them, like their colleagues teaching business and similar classes, to offer students a different learning experience. Empowered builds on our previous opportunity by offering any teacher resources to lead learning based on our proven immersive, individualized, hands-on learning called Experiential Self-DiscoveryTM (ESD), Empowered’s way of teaching, offers participating students:

• AGENCY — Freedom to make their own decisions, including participation.
• PRINCIPLES — A framework of timeless values that guide interactions.
• INCENTIVES — Rewards for meaningful participation and contribution.
• ACTION — Catalyzing discussions and innovation that lead to results.
• PURPOSE — Creating value, not grades for participants.

Empowered recognizes that any teacher can understand their opportunity to be instruments of change for their students and can want to help students develop empowered (entrepreneurial, growth, etc.) mindset that sees challenge as an opportunity (vs. obstacle) and that wish to ensure more students discover and develop their unique passions and talents so they can apply them for the good of themselves and our society.

We offer any Empowered teacher free access to support from our staff (of 30+ professionals, many of whom have experience in the classroom, as curriculum developers, and as professionals in various business environments), virtual and in-person community support, and in-person, live, virtual, and on-demand tools for greater success in their:

• CLASSROOM — Empowered’s online “Marketplace” offers turnkey learning resources — including every YE activity developed for YE Academy and TeachEverywhere.org — that are searchable by subject, principle, grade level, etc. and includes customizable playlists. Additional content is in development through our staff and teachers and will be added continually.
• CAREER — Empowered’s “Academy” is home to on-demand and live/in-person training (professional development) and continuing education events and inspiration from fellow teachers. Participants, by participating, will earn “badges” and “levels” that allow them greater access to Empowered support, including funding.
• COMMUNITY — Empowered offers social media, in-person, and virtual collaboration between teachers seeking to share and/or gain knowledge and support from other teachers and our Empowered Teacher magazine to celebrate the profession. Community members are encouraged to support each with encouragement, collaboration, and resources that help ease classroom and career challenges.

Empowered's community of teachers - committed to their careers and the success of their students tell us they feel supported:

• 93% of teachers say participation in our activities leads to character-building in students.
• 86% of participating students report a heightened sense of control over their futures.
• 84% of students say our activities help them understand their strengths and talents.

Empowered launched with a community of nearly 800 teachers who collaborated with us as Youth Entrepreneurs (YE). This includes presence in 48 states and over 97,000 students participating in our activities annually.

Early response19 to Empowered has been very encouraging about its ability to quickly grow and increase impact in the education space:

• 96%+ said Empowered’s resources could be meaningful for their professional development.
• 96%+ felt they connected with and understood the potential value of Empowered.
• 95%+ plan to also refer fellow teachers looking for career resources to Empowered.

“Empowered doesn’t tell us what to do. (It) gives us guidelines to apply principles and values to what we enjoy doing – teaching. I appreciate knowing there is always someone to answer my questions, share success stories from other teachers, and be generally available. It lets me offer students their best opportunity – (learning) from success and mistakes.” - PENNY B., Sioux Falls, S.D.

Early enrollment on Empowered’s TeachEverywhere.org platform is also encouraging. In total, ±1.4MM people have engaged with Empowered20 since its launch in March 2021 with hundreds of teachers (nationally) creating TeachEmpowered.org accounts and hundreds more teachers actively using Empowered materials since August 2021.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve educators (including K-12 teachers, leaders and staff at after school and summer programs, program developers and leaders at community groups, non-profits, and advocacy groups) who are committed to providing their students real-world relevant learning that helps them grow and entrepreneurial/empowered mindset. Their goal, and ours, is to ensure more students leave school better prepared for and ready to contribute to and succeed in life ahead. We also, by extension, serve their students and learners.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Cohort Groups,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To ensure our materials are not only being used but are making a positive impact., To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We, after 30 years of success as Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) - serving primarily high school students studying business, entrepreneurship, economics, and other career and technical subjects and their teachers - recognized a great amount of demand from teachers of other subjects and at various grade levels and settings who wanted access to resources that allowed them to feel more confident in guiding students through more valuable learning. We first (in 2020) launched TeachEverywhere.org and then (in 2021) launched Empowered.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Yes. It has lead to greater collaboration, better allocation of resources and funding, targeted growth, testing and experimentation of new programs, activities, and offerings, etc. We have also leveraged the opportunity to become an increasingly digital-first organization by way of supplementing our staff support and allowing 24/7, automated access to and usage of our resources. We are also finding better ways to ensure our financial partners are investing in the aspects and opportunities within our organization that are most important and valuable to them.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Youth Entrepreneurs Inc. (DBA Empowered)

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Elizabeth Koch

Koch Industries Inc.

Term: 1996 - 2021

W.W. (Bill) Hanna

Koch Industries, Inc. (Retired)

Elizabeth Koch

Koch Industries Inc.

Kylie Stupka

Empowered

Tracey Andrist

Empowered

Brian Menkes

Koch Industries

Amy Pelletier

Stand Together

Meredith Olson

Koch Industries, Inc.

Dale Gibbens

Koch Industries, Inc. (Retired)

Heinrich (Henry) Heuer

Stand Together Chamber of Commerce

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/2/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/02/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.