Children & Youth

Teaching Children & Youth the Power of Entrepreneurial Learning!

What is Operation CEO?

Operation CEO is a fun 6-week experimental entrepreneurship education program that teaches children & youth ages 8-18 how to start, own and operate their own business.  This program serves as an enrichment program, that promotes early training and education to help young people foster an entrepreneurial spirit.  

The Challenge

Every child deserves to be filled with hope and know that they have a bright future waiting for them, but unfortunately, not every child can receive one due to gun violence and crime, understaffed and underfunded educational systems, high school dropouts and ripped apart communities struggling to economically sustain. We directly see the struggles and the difficulty children and youth deal with daily. Many do not have the opportunity to participate in after school enrichment programs or extracurricular activities and do not have a positive outlet to lean on, but that’s where Operation CEO comes in to help.

The Reason

Our Solution: To provide a more engaging, strong and supportive network, that will create a nurturing academic environment in our schools.

With Operation CEO students are immersed in real-life learning experiences where they have an opportunity to take risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes. Operation CEO is not just about teaching children and youth to run a business. It is also about encouraging creative thinking and promoting a strong sense of self-worth and accountability. Operation CEO will also help prevent high school dropouts by providing a positive and supportive after school environment and experience for students. At-risk youth need more support and the most common cause of dropouts is a failure to thrive and students are tempted to take the line of least resistance: dropping out.

Entrepreneurship Education is a relevant and engaging life skill. Operation CEO offers effective means to address these challenges of engaging students, building stronger support networks, and nurturing a more supportive academic environment in our schools.

Entrepreneurship Education (Operation CEO) instills a fundamental life skill. Whether young people ultimately become entrepreneurs or work for others, they learn to invest in themselves and know they have options. Entrepreneurial Education and training prepare people, especially children and youth, to be responsible, enterprising individuals who contribute to economic development and sustainable communities.


Our Initiatives & Tools for Success

ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS

  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Introduction to business
  • Product creation and new inventions
  • Financial literacy and budgeting

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Leadership skills and public speaking skills
  • Lateral and higher-order thinking
  • Responsibility

POST-SECONDARY

READINESS

  • 21st Century Career Skills: product ideation, marketing research, technology
  • Sparks interests in attending college
  • Career ideation

The Core Outcomes Created via Operation CEO Entrepreneurship Education Include:

  • The ability to recognize opportunities in one’s life.
  • The ability to pursue such opportunities by generating new ideas and marshaling needed resources.
  • The ability to create and operate a new venture.
  • The ability to think in a creative and critical manner.

Our Curriculum

We offer differentiated, age-appropriate curriculum separated into lower elementary (grades 1-2), upper elementary (grades 3-5), and middle/high school (grades 6-12).  This is a proven curriculum with incredible results!

This 6-week program encourages youth to focus on an idea and the application of an idea to make it their own. Our flexible curriculum teaches and brings business studies to life through hands-on experimental learning based on real life scenarios.  Participants are guided through four modules: Basics of Business, Developing Your Business Idea; Developing a Financial Plan for your Business; Communication and Public Speaking Skills; and participate in a business pitch competition. Participants are matched with business role models for one-on-one business development and coaching before presenting their final business pitch.


To date, since the launch of Operation CEO on June 21, 2021. We have reached more than 100 children & youth across the St. Louis metro region.

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Operation CEO is able to teach children & youth entrepreneurial education thanks to generous donations. Want to help?


If you would like for your students to participate in the Operation CEO program at your school, summer camp or after-school program.  Please fill out our interest form and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours.

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