Entrepreneurship allows young people to practice skills while creating an avenue for them to be problem solvers and innovators for Wyoming’s future.  Skills such as empathy, the identification of problems, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and prototyping are developed as a part of the practice of entrepreneurial thinking.

“As our state grapples with daunting economic challenges, the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is committed to helping to create the conditions for young people to grow and contribute” said Director, Michelle Sullivan.  “Wyoming will benefit from the perspective and insights of youth as Wyoming envisions our future. On the flip side, young people will benefit as they contribute and practice entrepreneurial thinking.”


Wyoming Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge

The first Wyoming Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge was held in the summer of 2020. Learn more at wyafterschoolalliance.org/pitch-challenge.

Leadership Wyoming: Youth Connection

Join Leadership Wyoming  each week for a virtual meeting to connect and inspire Wyoming Youth. Visit leadershipwyoming.org/youthconnection.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame connects world-changing innovators with today’s youth. Explore their activities to boost the entrepreneurial mindset! One example is an activity that engages kids to create an ocean cleanup device. Find it at www.invent.org/blog/stem-activity/ocean-clean-up-device.

People Rocket

Young people might be feeling the desire to be creative and find solutions to problems. Young Entrepreneur Institute recommends the Stanford Design School activities called People Rocket. Visit http://bit.ly/PeopleRocketToolkit.


WYAA is proud to be working with Young Entrepreneur Institute. If you attended the 10th Annual WYAA State Conference, you may have had a chance to meet Jessie and Kelly! The Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge is a simple set of activities that help kids learn creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Pitch Challenge teaches kids critical workforce readiness skills and helps develop a mindset for 21st century careers whether or not they become an entrepreneur. Visit www.yepitch.com.

Side Hustles

Get inspired by reading about side hustles. Popular author, speaker, podcaster and founder of Side Hustle School, Chris Guillebeau provides an easy step-by-step guide in “Side Hustle” and an appealing illustrated encyclopedia of side hustles in “100 Side Hustles.” Jessie from Young Entrepreneur Institute recommended this resource!


WYAA is hosting a campaign to celebrate the creativity of Wyoming’s kids using #WYKidsExpress. Do you know kids that are expressing themselves through entrepreneurship? Share their creations using #WyKidsExpress!

Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.


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