Young Entrepreneurs

  • As our world continues to change, it is important to equip our youth with the skills to adapt and create long-lasting employment. Entrepreneurial education is the best avenue to develop critical thinking, leadership and financial literacy skills. An entrepreneurial mindset improves student’s education performance and career opportunities. A study conducted by Harvard Graduate School of Education found that high schools students who participated in a 50+ hour entrepreneurial program showed increased interest in furthering education and career ambitions.

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Young Entrepreneur Program curriculum is part of a nationally-recognized program with a proven history of success, with 86% of program alumni either employed or furthering their education. The program focuses on developing the entrepreneurial mindset through mentorship, community engagement, and the opportunity for students to create their own business!

  • The 65+ hour Young Entrepreneur Program is offered three times a year at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Tom & Debbie Shapiro Career Resource Center.

    • Create your own business model
    • Gain business operating experience
    • Network with business leaders in the community
    • Build your resume
    • Be a BOSS
    • Pitch your plan to investors

    The program is open to all Sarasota County students, grades 9-12.

  • Summer Session, June 12th-July 26th
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  • If you are interested in getting involved in the Young Entrepreneurs Program, please complete the form below:

    Step 1: Complete Signup Form


      Student Information

    • Household Information

    • Member's Medical Concerns

    • Parent / Guardian Information

    • Parent / Guardian Information

    • Emergency Contact Information in case we cannot reach parent




    Step 2: Pay Application Fee

  • “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” -Zig Ziglar, American author

    Mentorship is a crucial element for success and we are dedicated to cultivating student’s entrepreneurial skills after the competition of the program.  Students will be matched with a mentor in their industry of interest upon completion of the program.  Mentors will engage and educate students on business operations, networking and relationship building.

    Mentor Interest

    If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete the brief questionnaire below:

    Young Entrepreneurs Mentor Request Form




    Program Contact:

    For additional questions please contact:

    Caroline Windom
    Entrepreneurial Programs Specialist, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
    Office: 941-217-5295
    3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237