The Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship was founded in 1991 by Franklin Buchta and ReDonna Rodgers. CTE has empowered thousands of young people with a mindset we call The CEO of Me. This mindset empowers young people to take ownership of their futures and all the actions they will need to get there. This mindset takes hold because of our multi-year relationship with individual young people.
Seventy percent of young people who participate in a single CTE program enroll in more programs, which is a reflection of CTE’s ability to engage young people. Eighty percent of young people who begin their relationship with CTE in elementary school, continue to participate in CTE programs through middle school, and 70% of those students stay connected with CTE throughout high school.
Our relationships don’t end there either. About 60% of CTE multi-year students come back to contribute as mentors and speakers.
100% of multi-year CTE students have remained drug free, stayed clear of gangs and in 19 years only three have become young parents, all three of were in college. Plus 100% of CTE students who reach employment age find work, and many work in supervisory roles at very young ages.
100% of multi-year CTE students have graduated from high school and gone on to college.
CTE students who have internalized The CEO of Me mindset are able to capitalize on opportunities, communicate professionally and think critically.
CTE students are more engaged in the community and seek out additional development programs like YMCA Teen Achievers, YWCA Skillz for Success, Upward Bound and UW System Pre-College.
We believe all Young people can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
CTE's Mission is to research, develop, implement and advocate for programs serving young people ages 9-21, that promote the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and financial literacy, provide an awareness of personal growth opportunities and build individual responsibility.
The Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship (CTE) empowers young people ages 9-24 to see themselves as the CEO of Me as they experience personal and professional growth through programs and coaching related to financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
We accomplish our mission through:
Personal and professional enrichment experiences that allow young people to see themselves in a variety of roles and build personal character traits like self-discipline, business etiquette and perseverance.
Entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs that teach young people how to launch small businesses, manage and invest money and develop critical thinking skills.
Individualized coaching to prepare young people for success as entrepreneurs and professionals in contemporary business settings.
The CEO of Me mindset empowers young people anywhere to become competitive professionals and successful entrepreneurs through CTE’s businesses, virtual programs and business incubator.
Our Approach – Long-Term Relationships
After 19 years the Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship has empowered 15,000 young people with a mindset we call The CEO of Me. This mindset empowers young people to take ownership of their futures and all the actions they will need to get there. This mindset takes hold because of our multi-year relationship with individual young people.