Entrepreneurship Component

Youth Exploring Science

Lauren Patrick supervises the YES Entrepreneurship Component (YEC), co-supervises the Summertime Science Component, and teaches in the community.

The YES Entrepreneurship Component (YEC) teens work in project-based learning communities to create products, businesses, and to educate and empower others to do the same. Teens create and sell products and will finish out the year with a solid business plan designed to showcase STEAM content. Teens hone their skills in all domains of entrepreneurship and become ready to be 21st century learners and employees. Annually, YES entrepreneurs are vendors at multiple showcases and expos, compete in multiple competitions, present their ideas and prototypes at Venture Café St. Louis, serve as exhibitors at the Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC), and engage with a multitude of business owners and mentors.

Interesting Facts

  • Teaching entrepreneurship changes mindsets, changes lives, changes the world.(NFTE)
  • 1 in 3 U.S. employers seeks entrepreneurial experience in its hires. (Millennial Branding)
  • With a Global Entrepreneurship Index of 83.6, the US is the best country forentrepreneurs. (GEDI)
  • Approximately 88% of millionaires are self-made. (U.S. News)


  • The Networking for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
  • Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (MDMC)
  • Venture Café St. Louis
Two teens promote science, bridge cultures with Afrospanic Atmosphere

A Latino-American and an African-American student have come together to form a culturally conscious, award-winning business idea that promotes awareness of science careers, and the two are headed to New York to pitch it.

The two met while working at the St. Louis Science Center’s Youth Exploring Science (YES) program at the Taylor Resource Community Center at 4900 Manchester Ave. near Kingshighway.

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