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AmeriCorps VistaMU Extension Youth Enterprisers (EYE) VISTA program

Empowering Missouri's entrepreneurial communities through AmeriCorps VISTA


EYE is an AmeriCorps VISTA national service program, partnering MU Extension and the 4-H Center for Youth Development with select communities across Missouri.

Between 2006-2010, 27 VISTA members completed one-year capacity-building assignments with local non-profit organizations and governmental groups.  VISTAs started and expanded programs to:

  • support aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages
  • develop community leaders
  • engage youth and young adults
  • capture and reinvest community wealth

Working alongside MU Extension and other community initiatives, the project demonstrated the potential of entrepreneurship as an anti-poverty strategy, and supported communities in developing regional pipelines of support for entrepreneurs.


Results

New programs
Entrepreneurship programs and initiatives supported by EYE VISTA members

4-H youth "cloverpreneurs"
Youth (4-H members) developing mini-enterprises and ventures from their project work

4-H alumni entrepreneurs
Adults (4-H alumni) successfully turning their skills and passions into entrepreneurial ventures

Newsletters
EYE VISTA members, their project work, and news from national service

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Resources

For youth - start something!

  • 4-H entrepreneurship project
    Project materials, business start-up guides, and more to help youth start their own business or just explore what entrepreneurship is all about.

For community entrepreneurs - connect with others!

  • eXtension, resources for entrepreneurs and their communities

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Contact
Steve Henness, MU Extension State Specialist
803 Clark Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211
573-884-6618
Hennesss@umsystem.edu

The material is based upon work supported by University of Missouri Extension and the Corporation for National & Community Service under AmeriCorps Grant No. 06-046-W012.

Last Updated 25-Aug-10


Can't find something?  Contact 4hyouth@missouri.edu (please include your county) or 573-882-9359

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