Below are some resources that may be helpful for running inclusive, student-run businesses.
Additional Resources on Student Entrepreneurship
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA):
FBLA is an education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. FBLA-PBL sponsors conferences and seminars for members and advisers. These programs are designed to foster the development of business leadership skills.
DECA is an international association of marketing students that prepares entrepreneurial students for activities in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. There are many resources that can be integrated in a co-curricular program. Competitions are at the regional, state, national, and international level.
SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Junior Achievement (JA):
The programs teach students the key concepts of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship; crucial life skills for today’s economy. JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, these JA Areas help young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. JA inspires students to develop competitive skills and confidence. Their success bolsters the local workforce and contributes to economic growth.
Young Entrepreneurs (YEO):
YEO is a global community of entrepreneurs. This non-profit organization aims to make its members successful in their business through networking and training programs. This article tells you all you need to know about YEO and the opportunities it makes available to young entrepreneurs from across the world.
The New York for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE):
NFTE's mision is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures.
SAGE Global is a global community of teenagers creating better futures through social enterprises, socially responsible businesses and community service. The mission of SAGE is to help create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders whose innovations and social enterprises address the major unmet needs of our global community. SAGE provides students with curriculum for a co-curricular program, encouraging teams of students to compete at the national and international venues.
Project ECHO is a 501(c) (3) public purpose community of entrepreneurs, teachers, graduate students and supporters that provide a hands-on entrepreneurial experience to high school students throughout Southern California. The Business Plan Competition is a great way in which to do so. Not only are students learning to work in teams, but they also have the ability to develop creativity, professionalism and presentation skills, which will carry them far in their career and personal life.
Resources on Inclusion
Office of Disability Employment Policy- Guideposts for Success (ODEP):
Based on an extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices covering a wide range of programs and services, including youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs ODEP, in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce Disability for Youth, has identified Guideposts for Success. The ODEP website explores the five guideposts and has a number of other fact sheets, resource manuals, and more.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD):
NCWD/Youth is a comprehensive source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. The site explores topics such as youth development, workforce development, and professional development for youth with disabilities. The site contains an extensive amount of resource materials including: briefs, fact sheets, guides, whitepapers, glossaries, webinars, videos and much more.
Kids Included Together:
A national resource center to help schools and other programs include kids with disabilities in extracurricular activities. This site contains an extensive list of white papers, articles, booklets and reports on topics related to inclusion.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN):
JAN is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. If you have questions about providing accommodations within a student business, JAN is a fantastic resource. You can speak with a trusted consultant who can offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, for people with disabilities. JAN also has an extensive amount of online resources available including: an accommodations library where you can find suggested accommodations for any type of disability, and the A-Z of Disabilities with information on every type of potential disability.
National Center Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET):
NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. This site has many research briefs, facts sheets, a library of topics related to secondary education and transition, and a list of resource websites.
California Employment Consortium for Youth (CECY):
A project of the Tarjan Center, the mission of CECY is to build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in integrated competitive employment. You’ll find an archive of newsletters containing information on youth transition and employment.
Partners for Youth With Disabilities:
This organization has a long history of expertise in creating high quality mentoring programs for youth with disabilities. From their site, you can download manuals on mentoring youth disabilities 101, best practices for mentoring youth with disabilities and much more.