Preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet

Kylie Stupka, president of Youth Entrepreneurs, discusses the importance of preparing today's kids for the future, and how a curriculum incorporating entrepreneurial skills can do that.

February 5, 2019

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Looking toward an unknowable future, it’s certain that career fields and job requirements will continue to change. This raises the perplexing question of how to effectively teach future-proof skills to today’s students.

“Many students in today’s world haven’t been given the latitude to experiment. They are told how to think. They are told what to do. They are not allowed to really figure out what it is they are good at,” says Kylie Stupka, president of Youth Entrepreneurs.

That's where Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) comes in. YE, a nonprofit organization founded by Charles Koch and Liz Koch in 1991, equips high schoolers across the nation with economic thinking skills and soft skills applicable to any future endeavors they pursue. The curriculum uses an experiential education model that teaches entrepreneurial and economic principles, encourages creative and intelligent risk-taking, provides practical business experience, and instills independence, values and personal responsibility. YE students learn how to think like an entrepreneur, preparing them for an unknown future by focusing on creating value to find fulfilling, mutually beneficial careers and lead lives as thriving, productive citizens. With the support of Koch Industries, YE provides these meaningful learning experiences to more than 7,000 students in more than 200 classrooms each year.