Entrepreneurship is widely recognized as a driver of rural economic growth and community vitality. Nebraska Extension personnel developed a youth entrepreneurship curriculum—EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI)—for middle and high school students. This curriculum has been used at 4-H summer camps, for formal classroom and out-of-school instruction, and in additional educational environments. A preliminary survey of ESI program participants and educators showed positive entrepreneurship learning, attitudes toward business creation, and plans for further relevant educational pursuits. These results suggest that the ESI curriculum produces positive entrepreneurship outcomes for youths and identify the need for further research into the efficacy of the curriculum.
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Zimbroff, A., Schlake, M. R., Anderson-Knott, M., Eberle, N., & Vigna, D. (2017). Beyond Lemonade Stands to Main Street Business Development: A Youth Entrepreneurship Curriculum. Journal of Extension, 55(3), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol55/iss3/13