Mission & Vision
The mission of VentureSchool is to empower students to become capable, curious, and courageous leaders, innovators, and agents of change in their community through groundbreaking educational opportunities. Equipped with an entrepreneurial mindset, our students will be prepared to develop solutions to the complex challenges that affect our lives today and the world tomorrow.
Our vision is to create unrivaled, community-rooted learning experiences that leverage innovative design and student-centeredness through the lens of entrepreneurial education. Though our work is centered on Detroit's east side, we hope to cement a model that can be replicated across the city and eventually throughout the Midwest to create a region-wide network of young entrepreneurial thinkers ready to tackle the world's greatest challenges.
At VentureSchool, we are intentional about developing a supportive and inclusive culture that will help our students grow and thrive. Our culture is rooted in five core principles called the VentureSchool5:
Embrace the Uncertain
We are curious, have an open mind, and believe that maintaining full control shouldn’t be the ultimate goal. We believe in the value of taking risks and learning from mistakes along the way.
As members of the VentureSchool community, we treat fellow members of the community with dignity and respect. To demonstrate respect, we start with a foundation of celebrating diversity, embracing new perspectives, and ultimately treating others the way they want to be treated.
We know that it is difficult to achieve excellence, but it should be our only pursuit. We owe it to ourselves and those who support us to invest our full energy into becoming the best we can be.
At VentureSchool, we take ownership over our work, and are proud of what we create. Every day is a page written for our lasting legacy. We will make every page count.
There is a reason to be joyful and celebrate the opportunities and possibilities that life brings us every day. We will strive to find happiness in not what we can give to ourselves, but from what we can do for others.
The VentureSchool Ecosystem
The VentureSchool ecosystem is comprised of three main elements that work together to create transformational change in education by leveraging the power of entrepreneurial thinking. Scroll down to explore each element in depth.
VentureLink is a free, year-long bridge program to prepare students for the academic rigors of high school while enabling them to explore their passions and unleash their entrepreneurial potential. During this experience, certified teachers will guide students through a personalized learning program that solidifies academic fundamentals and challenges students to exceed their own expectations. To aid in their personal growth and academic development, each VentureLink student will be paired with a mentor throughout their experience. Additionally, students will gain exposure to Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through a series of excursions to area startups, established businesses, and nonprofits.
VentureLabs give students a crash course in a wide variety of entrepreneurial topics while weaving in foundational core academic knowledge. These learning experiences have the flexibility to take on a variety of formats, from after-school workshops to activities during the school day -- the possibilities are endless.
VentureSchool is a small-by-design high school slated to open on the northeast side of Detroit, Michigan in 2019 that was created with the primary aim of giving students the opportunity to unleash their entrepreneurial potential while receiving a world-class education. Over the course of the VentureSchool experience, students will develop the tools to see the world through an entrepreneurial lens by developing a for-profit or nonprofit venture of their very own from the ground up. At the same time, students will be immersed in a responsive, flexible, and robust academic program that maximizes relevancy and relationship-building — ultimately preparing them for success in college, a career, or wherever the future takes them. When students graduate from VentureSchool, they will walk across the stage with a diploma in-hand, as well as the mindset to transform obstacles into opportunities and problems into possibilities.