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.
Entrepreneurship programs and initiatives supported by EYE VISTA members
4-H youth "cloverpreneurs"
Youth (4-H members) developing mini-enterprises and ventures from their
4-H alumni entrepreneurs
Adults (4-H alumni) successfully turning their skills and passions into
EYE VISTA members, their project work, and news from national service
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For youth - start something!
Project materials, business start-up guides, and more to help youth
start their own business or just explore what entrepreneurship is all
entrepreneurs - connect with others!
resources for entrepreneurs and their communities
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Steve Henness, MU Extension State Specialist
803 Clark Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211
The material is based upon work supported by University of Missouri Extension and the Corporation
for National & Community Service under AmeriCorps Grant No.