2022-2023 YEAR IN REVIEW
VYEF programs are free to educators and high school students, empowering them with new entrepreneurial business skills.
Fall Educator Workshop
Sears think[box] one-day workshops are provided in partnership with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Sears think[box] is housed within CWRU’s 50,000 square-foot Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Schools are invited annually to tour the center and participate in workshops that train students in engineering skills and design thinking. This year 65 students had the opportunity to create physical products, experience the design process, learn 3D printing, and laser cutting.
Dare to Dream
Dare to Dream was presented in partnership with John Carroll University’s Muldoon Center for Entrepreneurship.
Stock Market Challenge
The event hosted 250 students who worked in teams of four or five to buy and sell shares in fictional companies. The teams had $1,000,000 of “mock stock” to use throughout a 60-day trading period with new days starting every 60 seconds.
Before the challenge, students learned investing, saving, and team-building skills by completing Junior Achievement’s five in-class lessons.
Design Challenge Hackathon
VYEF Skill Building Workshop Day
designExplorr: Jacinda Walker – Founder & Creative Director
Effective Leadership Academy: Flo Brett (Founder) Jessica Vaughn (Talent Manager), Tyelisha Johnson (Reentry Coordinator & Lead Facilitator)
JumpStart, Inc.: Lauren Smith-Petta – Director of Educational Services
Weston Ideation Lab at Cleveland State University: Lynn Buchinsky – Entrepreneur, Manager, & Business Advisor
Attendees participated in a mini-maker hackathon led by Upcycle Parts Shop! Each table of students worked in teams to craft physical representations of innovative ideas made from recycled materials and create a 60-second pitch to describe their ideas. Four finalist teams were chosen to present their ideas to audience members and a panel of judges for a chance to win prizes.
Local entrepreneurs on the panel included:
Camile Genise – founder & CEO of FELOH
Jennah Lear – owner, brand strategist and Designer of Blue Loui Studio
Leopoldo Peña – co-founder and CEO of Presta
Jackie Walsh – founder and owner of Hope Yoga.
The event concluded with the final four thinkBIG! Challenge teams pitching their ideas to three judges – Jason Feifer, Camile Genise, and Lauren Smith-Petta, the director of educational services from JumpStart, Inc.
Winner: Mendz: Olmsted Falls High School
Finalist: Matrix Monitoring: Olmsted Falls High School
Small Business Track
Winner: stEMPOWERher: Hathaway Brown School
Finalist: Magic Soap: Laurel School