Building upon its inaugural year, STTE rose to the occasion in 2019, by increasing the number of students directly impacted by STTE programs from 2,601 in 2018 to 3,465 in 2019. Moreover, the variety and intensity of programs increased, laying the foundation for programs that can engage students across various aspects of their educational journeys. These programs are intended to help harness the power of youth entrepreneurship within the Borderplex region and beyond.
An example of one of these programs is the launch of the Unicorn Kids site and the Unicorn Teens App. It is a new Ed Tech app that focuses on uniting the next generation of innovators with entrepreneurial and educational programs aimed at driving startup creation and solving economic challenges. The app encourages students to post business and entrepreneurship ideas encouraging others to comment and collaborate. It also introduces novel aspects of technology such as augmented reality and a unique take on the venerable Business Model Canvas.
This past year was also marked by the generosity of past and new financial contributors. We are happy to report that in 2019, financial support increased by $72,498, up from $128,602 in 2018. This support encouraged us to formally apply for stand-alone 501c(3) status, which will continue to mature us as an organization.
In addition, the contributions strengthened our ability to deliver high quality programs and continue with the 2nd annual education awards wherein 8 educators were recognized. This past year, our keynote speaker was Alfredo Corchado, Award-winning author and journalist. Award recipients and attendees were motivated and inspired by Mr. Corchado’s story.
Looking ahead, STTE’s focus is to catapult as a national leader that can rapidly bring creativity and innovation to challenges of harvesting youth entrepreneurship and increasing technology comprehension to increase the educational and employment prospects of youth. We will do this while maximizing meaningful partnerships, embracing family support mechanisms and investing in the youth of this and the next generation.
To learn more about how your school, school district, after school program or corporate engagement office can leverage the creative and measurable STEAM and entrepreneurship endeavors developed by STTE, visit www.sttefoundation.org.
Beto Pallares, PhD, MBA