From its start in 1996, VE has focused on the future—the future of our students, our workforce, our business partners, and our communities—and 2017-18 was no exception. In its 21st year of operation, VE programs brought practical career experience to 13,000 middle and high school students from 400 schools across the United States.
Our students launched and operated businesses, engaged in trade with other student-run enterprises across the globe and demonstrated their skills and knowledge at conferences, exhibitions, and competitions. Along the way, they gained confidence in their abilities and saw new possibilities for their futures.
While the number of schools and students we serve rises each year, our mission remains constant—to transform students’ lives through authentic business experiences that prepare them for fulfilling, financially secure futures.