Educational Institutions

Generation E Institute

  • Battle Creek, MI
  • www.genei.org

Mission Statement

Through the development and delivery of innovative curricula and programs, the Generation E Institute creates the entrepreneurial mindset in individuals so they may compete in an ever-changing economy.
The Generation E Institute is a national organization, serving communities in seven states with the home office in Battle Creek, Michigan. In addition, there are trained facilitators in the Dominican Republic.

The Center for Entrepreneurship's mission is to connect entrepreneurs and businesses to the resources necessary for them to establish and expand businesses in our region. The Center serves South Central Michigan.

Main Programs

  1. Generation E Institute Entrepreneurship Education
  2. Generation E Summer Camp
  3. Generation E elementary programs
  4. Center for Entrepreneurship

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Generation E Institute is expanding throughout the United States. Currently, Generation E has certified programs in schools and community organizations in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Arizona, and California.

The Center for Entrepreneurship serves South Central Michigan.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Cheryl Peters

Keywords

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Youth, entrepreneurship, education, employment, community development

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EIN

20-4693586

 Number

5726348166

Physical Address

15 Capital Ave. NE, Suite 207

Battle Creek, MI 49017

Also Known As

GENEI

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since 2005, over 21,000 youth have participated in programs that utilize Generation E curricula. These young people have been given the tools to dream, explore their interests, talents, and abilities, and seek opportunities to turn those ideas into business ventures. Learning the skills necessary to begin their own business ventures, these young people are better prepared to enter the world of work, as entrepreneurs or innovative intrapreneurs. The Generation E Institute welcomes the opportunity to partner with any community, in any state, that desires to expand youth entrepreneurship education.
The Center for Entrepreneurship exists to provide the resources, guidance, and direction for aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small businesses to connect with existing community partners.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Generation E Institute Entrepreneurship Education

The Generation E partners with schools, businesses, and communities to expand youth entrepreneurship education through a community approach.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

Generation E Summer Camp

Generation E offers a summer camp experience either as a residential or a day camp experience. The camp is for five days, six hours a day which includes teambuilding and entrepreneurial experiences.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Male Children (5 - 14 years)

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 3

Generation E elementary programs

In 2014, Generation E expanded its educational outreach to pilot a curriculum to include youth, ages 8 and above. The new curriculum is being further developed and training will be available.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

12,000

Program 4

Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a division of the Generation E Institute. The Center serves South Central Michigan. It is the First Stop and Hub for entrepreneurial services in the community. It assists the very beginning entrepreneur to grow their business idea and is the referral service for aspiring and existing small businesses to available resources in our community.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

15,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Generation E Institute is a social enterprise. The Board and the Staff desire to assist communities to bring positive change through youth entrepreneurship education. As young people go through Generation E programs they explore their dreams, talents, abilities and interests. They are guided through action based, hands on curricula to develop those ideas into feasible business opportunities. Problem solving and critical thinking are key elements of the curricula. As they learn the tools of business development, write business and financial plans, the lessons bring in community members, business owners, and leaders. Students develop networking and communication skills, and the most needed soft skills. They see the relevance of Math, Science, English, and writing as they develop their business ventures. The high school curriculum articulates to college credit. The Generation E Institute aims to increase high school graduation rates and encourage post-secondary training. Young people who have a focus on careers (entrepreneurially or intrapreneurially) that are of their choice, will be more successful and attain more successful positions, and become more positive economically contributing citizens in their communities.

    The Center for Entrepreneurship, a division of the Generation E Institute, strives to serve the South Central Michigan by providing services to the very beginning entrepreneur, the "idea" person. As they progress, the staff refer them to an appropriate partner. As the hub for the community, the Center serves as a resource service, directing entrepreneurs and small business owners to the appropriate partners to aid their next stage growth. This collaboration has eliminated duplication of services and has made the assistance for individuals more effective. The Generation E Institute and the Center for Entrepreneurship is a model for building a entrepreneurial ecosystem.

    The Generation E Institute strives to partner with any community organization to assist with developing a pipeline of individuals who will be successful in the world of work, and be economically contributing citizens as they work, play, and live in their communities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Generation E Institute is expanding throughout the United States. Currently, Generation E has certified programs in schools and community organizations in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Arizona, and California.

The Center for Entrepreneurship serves South Central Michigan.

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Generation E Institute

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Cheryl Peters

BIO

A graduate of Michigan State University, Peters received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Science. She has a total of 20 years experience teaching students at the middle and high school levels, plus many adult education programs. She taught Life Skills, Health Education and Career Development and served as the chairman for the Family and Consumer Science Department while employed by the Battle Creek Public Schools for 15 years. She acted as the lead curricula developer for that department for eight years as well.

Cheryl is a former small business owner and used that expertise to explore and pilot test entrepreneurship training for middle school classrooms in 2004. She became the coordinator for the Generation E program in 2005 when it was housed within the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan.

As executive director of the Generation E Institute, Peters continues to expand and customize the educational programs offered by the Institute on a community-by-community basis. She certifies educators and facilitators as they offer Generation E in their classrooms and as part of community-based programs. She also coordinates the Generation E Student Business Showcases. In conjunction with working with educators, she consults with several community organizations, local foundations and businesses regarding youth entrepreneurship education support.

In addition, Peters serves with the Generation E Institute as the managing organization for the Center for Entrepreneurship.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The uniqueness of the generation E Institute is in its community approach and its instruction to empower every participant to actively implement a business venture. Students may or may not keep the idea they develop today, but they will be equipped with the skills to compete and contribute to our ever changing societal needs in the future.

Equally unique, as the Generation E Institute works with communities, it welcomes the opportunity to partner with existing youth entrepreneurship programs such as 4-H, Junior Achievement, and others to build on their successes. Youth benefit from the coordinated efforts and more sustainable programs are created.

The Center for Entrepreneurship is comprised of fourteen partners, all with the goal to serve aspiring entrepreneurs and growing small businesses. Each partner offers free specialized services, therefore, not duplicating efforts, but demonstrating a collaborative effort to assist economic growth in our community. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Steven Pignataro

CorePHP

Term: Jan 2012 - Jan 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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