One Montana provides a suite of experiential, project-based programs for educators and high-school students to enhance teaching and learning about entrepreneurship
Our Young Entrepreneur initiatives embody One Montana's ongoing commitment to developing entrepreneurship-related programs for high school students and for the dedicated educators who nurture them. These initiatives are designed to increase high school graduation rates, help students consider viable career pathways, enhance their lifelong skillsets, and empower youth to see themselves as playing critical roles in Montana's future. Since 2012 we have collaborated with all levels of Montana's educational infrastructure and our state's business sector to provide high school students with project-based initiatives to unleash their natural curiosity and innovative spirit for the creation of prototypes and actual businesses that address the challenges they see in their schools and communities.
An annual online competition for high school students to demonstrate their entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy by submitting ideas for innovative products and services that address contemporary challenges or actual businesses they already run to raise money for personal use or school clubs.
A 4-day hands-on, project-based entrepreneurship workshop in June for high school students taught by entrepreneurs and business professionals. Students present their prototypes to a panel of judges during Pitch Night.
This training and ongoing support initiative for educators is a multi-member collaboration seeking to enhance the teaching of entrepreneurship in Montana's classrooms and community-based organizations. Our team currently has fifteen schools piloting the Kansas-based Youth Entrepreneurs curriculum.
Creating Your Future With Entrepreneurial Thinking – One Montana will help students to learn how to apply the principles of entrepreneurship while designing a response to a project-based innovation challenge during a one day workshop.
SCHOOL TO SCHOOL
The School to School Exchange program builds on our Rural-Urban Student Entrepreneur Exchange Program which One Montana managed from 2012 – 2017, and from which the Roundup and the Start-Up Academy were developed. To continue to inspire students to innovate for the economic advancement and wellbeing of their communities, we are revisioning a program that will travel to students in rural communities and particularly tribal communities.