JuniorBiz wouldn’t exist if we felt that the public school system was already giving kids a fair chance to explore entrepreneurship. Most schools in the U.S. don’t even try.

But Cathy Hettleman has taken on the challenge. She is the new coordinator of ACE Transitions at Ft. Collins High School (FCHS) in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

ACE is a program that has traditionally helped kids develop career skills through special programs and internships. It’s also traditionally full of students who don’t fit the ‘straight-A’ mold. Since Cathy started at the beginning of the year, four of her 18 students have already dropped out of high school.

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Today was the first day of the rest of my life and it makes me uneasy.

I graduated from Colorado State University on Saturday, May 15th and for the first time in my life I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing a year from now. Fortunately, I have a great idea of what I want to be doing, but there is so much uncertainty.

As one of my last assignments in my capstone class I created a personal strategy plan to help me figure out who I am, what I want to do and how I’m going to get there. This is my proclamation for life after college.

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Lindsay Manseau’s mom started a freelance wedding photography business when Lindsay was 14.

She wanted to help her mom out so she volunteered to accompany her to a bridal show. Two years later, Lindsay had gotten involved in every aspect of the photography business – from networking with brides to doing the paperwork to taking the pictures – and she loved every minute of it.

In 2009, Lindsay photographed 25 weddings on her own as a freelancer. Her business was thriving, but she wanted a way to better connect with her couples and the wedding industry. That’s when Lindsay began developing My Marriage Market, an online platform where couples and vendors will be able to connect. The site is set to launch later this summer. In the mean time, Lindsay is a 20-year-old college junior studying entrepreneurship and small business at the University of Southern Maine.

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As an 11-year-old growing up in a backward sector Northern India, King Sidharth and a few friends began organizing events and competitions for other children. They would make tickets and charge an entry fee, then award little prizes to whoever won. In an area where there wasn’t much else to do, Sidharth’s first business was a big success.

Seven years later, King Sidharth has just graduated from high school and he has already made a name for himself as one of India’s top young entrepreneurs. His primary work is in website development and design (see websites like MeditationRocks.us), but – like many young entrepreneurs – he’s never content working on just one thing.

King is also a speaker on topics of entrepreneurship and spirituality. He’s currently writing an e-magazine for teens (Friendz) and a book about the intersection of spirituality and science (Bhagvad Gita & the Law of Attraction). He’s also developing a movie that peeks into the lives of ten young entrepreneurs (“Friendz: The Movie”). Lastly, King is organizing a conference for teenagers called Createens. It will give young people an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, blogging, and more from world-wide experts.

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