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DYI Generates Big Ideas

Students during Session 4 learned from volunteer Mailani Veney from Lincoln Industries.

What do scented firewood, energy-creating carpet, an event-planning company specializing in surprises, and a tablet that helps students with math homework have in common? They’re the business plans formulated by the students from Junior Achievement of Lincoln’s second year of Driven Youth Invitational.

Dick Cassidy from Nelnet and JA Director, awards Alex VanAckeren the $500 Nelnet scholarship

Over the past two months, a group of 16 students from 7 different Lincoln-area high schools have had an experience they say they’ll never forget. Each Tuesday evening, they met at Kaplan University to hear from and be mentored by some of Lincoln’s top entrepreneurs. They formed groups, formulated ideas, and wrote some genuinely impressive business plans. One student (Alex VanAckeren from Lincoln Pius X) even won a $500 college scholarship from Nelnet. Most importantly, they got a sneak peak into what it’s actually like to start and run a business.

DYI graduates at the last session.

The students were excited, engaged, and ambitious – in short, exactly the kind of future business leaders our economy needs. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our forward-thinking sponsors – Nelnet, Kaplan University, and Gallup – for making it possible for us to give them an experience that just might launch some successful careers. We also want to thank our wonderful and truly motivational guest speakers for investing their time in our youth.

To all of the students who participated – keep working hard, keep dreaming big, and always stay driven!

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