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Young Enterprise Scheme

The Lion Foundation Youth Enterprise Trust is dedicated to growing a more prosperous New Zealand through enterprise, with the aim that all New Zealand students participate in experimental enterprise education and financial literacy programs.

The flagship program is the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) for senior secondary school students.

Students set up a company, create real products or services and make real profit or loss giving them the opportunity to learn about the real business world. 

During the year the students, with their teachers and with help from local business mentors, learn about leadership, business planning, production, marketing and finance. Teamwork and community spirit are other components for this great ‘real life’ business experience. NCEA achievement credits can be achieved through school, and a genuine (long term) business opportunity can be created.

Students learn through experiencing the value of innovative thinking and develop enterprising attributes. YES is an incredible learning experience that thousands of students participate in each year.

In the past few years, student companies from Taupo have won regional awards and proudly represented the district at the national finals.

Enterprise Great Lake Taupo supports the YES scheme in the district by working with the schools, providing mentors, hosting the annual Dragons Den competition and supporting the students to achieve their business ambitions. 

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