Resources & Activities – Youth Entrepreneurship, Creativity, & Innovation

How do we inspire our youth to be the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow? The Decade of Difference develops K-12 programs to infuse creativity, innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit in our schools.

Dream...Discover...Design...Develop...and Do!

Key to creating an entrepreneurial culture is inviting our business community to mentor young thinkers and provide first-hand knowledge of the principles, values and benefits of entrepreneurship and the Free Market system.

Below is a list of resources and activities supported by the Decade of Difference in the Youth Entrepreneurship, Creativity, & Innovation Impact Area. You can filter the list by using the dropdowns below.



Career Frontiers (Grades 9-12)
Contact: Jim Ritter | 707-498-2917

Gain new insights and perspectives, and learn about job and career opportunities through a series of panels, workshops, field trips and job shadows.


Crafting Up Business (Grades 6-8)
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

Middle school students learn the principles of entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. Crafting Up practices the concepts of ideation, branding, finance and marketing towards the goal of actual sales. The ultimate goal is to help students develop products they are able to sell at local craft fairs, holiday festivals, and more.


Ideas at Work (Incoming 7th and 8th graders)
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in high school-sponsored summer career technical education camps that introduce them to the array of career technical opportunities offered in high school.


Industrial Arts & Technology Fair (Grades 9-12)
Contact: Tanya Trump | 707-445-7164

This Fair provides local high school youth enrolled in an array of industrial arts career technical courses across the county with an opportunity to showcase and sell their best work. The Fair celebrates the importance of industrial arts in education and provides a forum for the community to see the amazing student work that is generated.


INNOVATE! Business Challenge (Grades 9-12)
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

The INNOVATE! Business Challenge is a competition for high school-aged students, who create ideas and business plans for a startup. Grand prizes in the three-phase contest total up to $2,500.

The Challenge is part of an effort to promote the principles of entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. Integration with important financial literacy concepts, branding and marketing is included. The ultimate goal is to help launch student business start-ups with local business mentoring.


Kuder Navigator (Grades 7-12)
Contact: Susi Huschle | 707-601-4307

A web-based college and career exploration tool that navigates students through a process of assessing their post-secondary interest, and guides them to develop a plan that supports their goals. The tool includes resume builders, college search, interest assessments, access to peer reviewed portals, and an on-line portfolio.


Lemonade Day (Grades K-8)
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event presented locally by AEDC and Decade of Difference, with additional support from local sponsors. It teaches kids how to start, own and operate a business using a lemonade stand.


Student Planners (Grades 6-12)
Contact: Susi Huschle | 707-601-4307

A comprehensive daily planner that includes organizational tips, information regarding important local resources, college deadline reminders, and more. Students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to use this as an important communication tool between school and home.


The Awesome Preztel Cart (Grades 6-8 at Ferndale Elementary)
Contact: Kay Becker | 707-786-5900

Through a generous donation from Guy Fieri's Cooking with Kids Foundation, Ferndale Elementary School received a replica of Guy Fieri's portable pretzel stand for use in fundraising efforts. Students also learn aspects of entrepreneurship, customer service, and financial literacy.