News from the Ohio Afterschool Network

Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) Has Exciting News to Share…the Summer Virtual Pitch Challenge is Open to All Grades!


OAN’s Pitch Challenge is open to students entering Kindergarten through those who just graduated from high school!  Prizes will be awarded for Elementary, Middle and High School Categories.  The prizes for each category are:

First Place – $500 Amazon Gift Card and a 1:1 consultation with an entrepreneur. The high school student who takes first place will also win a scholarship to Rev1 Ventures Customer Learning Lab, a three-day virtual boot camp designed for innovators to validate their product with the market.

Second Place – $250 Amazon Gift Card

Third Place – $100 Amazon Gift Card

The deadline to submit student videos of 30-90 seconds is July 31st, 2020.

All students are invited to compete; they are not required to be enrolled in summer programs.

Summer programs are encouraged to teach students about entrepreneurship using one or more of the many free curricula available, help them prepare and practice effective pitches, and submit their videos or assist them in submitting their videos.

More information is available on the OAN website. Contact Liz Nusken, for a “Student Flyer” to share with children, youth and their families.

Awesome Free Curriculum for Virtual and In-Person Learning

Young Entrepreneur Institute’s free, K-12 Young Entrepreneur Pitch Toolkit is available here.  Sign up for a 30-minute informational webinar here. Resources for virtual learning are here. On-demand training webinars coming soon!

VentureLab’s free, K-12 curriculum is available here.  VentureLab’s Caregiver Child Toolkit for parents and others to use with elementary-age children is available here.

OAN and YEI created a 12-session Curriculum Smashup for middle and high school students; it’s available here.

Professional Learning Community for Summer Programs

The Ohio Afterschool Network and Young Entrepreneur Pitch are hosting a Professional Learning Community and will host monthly Zoom meetings for training, technical assistance, program sharing and discussion. The first Zoom meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 11:30am-12:30pm. Register for it here.

OhioMeansJobs – Readiness Seal Professional Learning Community

The Ohio Afterschool Network, Young Entrepreneur Institute, with assistance from the Ohio Department of Education’s Career Connections team, are hosting summer and school year Professional Learning Communities for schools and community organizations helping high school students earn OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seals using the entrepreneurship pathway.  Register here. Contact Liz Nusken, for more information.

Weekly Office Hours

Ohio Afterschool Network and Young Entrepreneur Institute are here to help! Register for office hours, Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm, or contact Liz Nusken, to schedule a time to talk , get questions answered, help you brainstorm, plan, or review entrepreneurship education lesson plans!

For more information contact Liz Nusken,


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