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Contact Information:
Mr. Scott M. Reznick
Executive Director

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Inner City



Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

low-income, low-achievement


Student-Owned Enterprises offer at-risk youth the opportunities of entrepreneurship with the responsibilities of business ownership. A learning community of enterprising practice creates the context for real business ownership. A class or club invests in, operates and manages a simple retail business. Contractually committed to one another, youth share business responsibilities and profits. To start, all they need is a table and $50. EnterprisePrep, like a franchisee's manual, uses step-by-step checklists to make ownership easy to teach and learn. New aspirations, and confidence to pursue them, provide Owners reasons to learn. Collaborating to meet bottom-line responsibilities is engaging and rigorous. Applying new skills to real decisions and problems makes education relevant. Sharing entrepreneurial goals, values, and behaviors builds positive relationships. Earning profits and money, but also pride and respect, Owners prove to themselves that learning is valuable, opportunity attainable, and responsibility rewarding. To close the achievement gap, EnterprisePrep bridges the opportunity gap.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Career Education, Charter School, Community Collaboration, Extended-School/Summer Program, GED, Mentoring/Tutoring, Professional Development, Students with Disabilities

Starting Date: 2001
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Low education level of parents
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Low educational expectations
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • School size: too small/too large
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is less than $25,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts
Faith Based Organizations
Service Clubs


Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Student-Owned Enterprises are sponsored by a diverse array of schools, youth-serving, and faith-based organizations

Evaluation Information:

EnterprisePrep serves upwards of 1,000 students per year, and is ordinarily implemented for a per student cost of under $100 per student or $3,000 per school. Data revealed that 404 randomly-assigned student owners - two-thirds boys, 14 to 19, 99% African-American and Hispanic and Title I lunch eligible, 57% at risk, 22% special needs in seven comprehensive inner city high schools (six "persistently dangerous") with an average annual dropout rate of 10.9% - over two years had above average attendance and passing rates in their major subjects, and that none dropped out.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level

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