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The Enterprise America program, an exciting hands-on program for middle-school students, is available to public, private, parochial and charter schools. The first of its kind in New York State, the program involves classroom instruction, with teachers using curriculum aligned to state and 21st Century learning standards  provided by WCNY. Following the completion of classroom study, students embark on the Enterprise America experience, spending a day in WCNY’s Enterprise America City, which they are responsible for operating.
WCNY also offers one-day and week-long Enterprise America programs to the public. Click on Public Programs tab to learn what is available.

In the City

Students apply the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and financial and civic literacy skills they have learned to run the city’s 14 businesses and City Hall, becoming business entrepreneurs and employees, consumers and citizens.

  • They enact laws, elect a mayor and judge and enroll in a health insurance program.
  • The business owners negotiate loans at the bank, while their employees get busy manufacturing products and pricing services including webpage design.
  • Business accountants prepare invoices and pay bills.
  • Journalists and photographers write stories and take photos for the city’s online newspaper.
  • Utility company staff explain benefits of alternative energy options to business owners.
  • Students exercise their civic duties by casting votes on city issues on a real voting machine and learn how to manage their money and time.

A Business-to-Business Economy

Students eat their lunches and purchase, with Enterprise America dollars they have earned, healthy snacks in the Enterprise America cafe. They shop in the city’s retail businesses, contribute a portion of their salaries to charity and experience the dangers of texting while driving, using auto simulators. It’s a business-to-business economy, where each student-run company strives to generate enough revenue to pay off its business loan. Students communicate, collaborate and problem solve. In Enterprise America’s real-world, hands-on learning environment, students do the work, make the decisions and learn what careers may demand of them when they enter the workplace. By putting into practice the skills that 21stcentury businesses expect employees to possess, students realize the importance of staying in school for long-term success.

After the Experience

Following the Enterprise America experience, students return to their classrooms where teachers utilize post-experience curriculum to have students write about their job performance, analyze their business operations and calculate and chart survey data. Pre and post program components aid in student assessment. Enterprise America is also an excellent way to engage students in project-based learning.

Partners and Participation

Enterprise America program enrollment is handled through our partner, OCM BOCES, which also schedules the Enterprise America city visits. Cross-contract participation and statewide Cooperative Services (Co-Ser) assistance is available to eligible schools. Charter schools, private and parochial schools and other schools unable to participate in their local BOCES organization, must contact the Enterprise America Manager <enterpriseamerica@wcny.org> for enrollment information.

ENTERPRISE AMERICA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS

 

To enroll

Step 1: All schools including public, private, parochial, charter and those unable to participate in their local BOCES should contact the Enterprise America Manager with any program questions or to schedule a tour at enterpriseamerica@wcny.org.

Step 2: Acquire all necessary approval from administration including your district’s finance department.

Step 3: Confirm available dates with the Enterprise America Manager and enroll.

 

As part of the Enterprise America experience, middle school students work as staff members in Enterprise America’s Web News business to create an online newspaper. Breaking news articles, stories, editorials and advertisements are written and edited, with interviews from Enterprise America citizens.

2016-17 Newspapers

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March 21, 2017
Phoenix
Phoenix Middle School Webnews


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February 16, 2017
ELMS
ELMS School Webnews


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November 02, 2016
Phoenix Middle School
Phoenix Middle School Webnews


December 16, 2016
Ed Smith
Ed Smith – 12/16/16


December 20, 2016
Frazer
Frazer – 12/20/16


December 08, 2016
Huntington
Huntington – 12/8/16


December 22, 2016
HW Smith
HW Smith – 12/22/16


December 13, 2016
Lincoln
Lincoln – 12/13/16

2015-16 Newspapers

2014-15 Newspapers

2013-14 Newspapers

WCNY is always looking for compassionate and engaging individuals, who enjoy working with students, to help out with the Enterprise America program.

Spend the day in the Enterprise America City at WCNY! Work as a business volunteer with a small group of middle school aged students to help guide and support them when they need a little help. Learn more about being an Enterprise America volunteer from these helpful resources:

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • City Reset: After a school group leaves the Enterprise America City, there is still much work to be done and many hands make light work. Help WCNY staff with setting up the city for the next school group. Our friendly staff will give clear directions so volunteers feel comfortable to work alongside or independently.
  • Special Programs: We continue to look for ways to grow and expand the Enterprise America program to benefit different audiences. We having programs that are scheduled during special times of the year like winter and spring school break and summer vacation. We also offer a program for homeschool families annually. For more information about how to volunteer for these special programs contact the Enterprise America Manager.

 

Contact Information

For information about volunteering contact the Enterprise America Manager today by email at enterpriseamerica@wcny.org or call WCNY at (315)453-2424.

 

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM

  • For homeschool children, ages 9 to 14 years.
  • Program runs from 9am to 4pm for one day.
  • Our next Homeschool Day is scheduled for October 17, 2017.
  • Cost: $40.00 per child.
  • A minimum of 40 students are needed to reserve a date.

 

A minimum of 40 students are needed to reserve a date. We suggest parents of homeschoolers work through the homeschool groups in their area to organize a group of students to meet the enrollment requirements.

Click here for the registration form.

 

Enterprise America ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY

  • Similar to the Homeschool Day but the Entrepreneurship Day is open to the public for ages 9 to 14.
  • Program runs from 9am to 4pm for one day.
  • Our next Entrepreneurship Day is scheduled for April 18, 2017.
  • Cost: $40.00 per child.
  • A minimum of 40 students are needed to reserve a date.

Click here for the registration form or register online.

 

Enterprise America ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAMP WEEK

A fun filled week featuring various indoor and outdoor activities focused around entrepreneurship, team work and career exploration.

  • Open to the public for ages 9 to 14 years.
  • Program runs from 9am to 4pm each day.
  • Our next Entrepreneurship Camp Week is schedule for Summer 2017.
  • Cost: $200.00 for members; $250.00 for non-members
    • For WCNY membership information click here.

Click here for the registration form.

For questions and additional information about any of our programs, please contact the Enterprise America Manager at enterpriseamerica@wcny.org or call the station at 315-453-2424.

We are located at 415 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13204

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