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Program connects high schoolers with local entrepreneurs

Junior Achievement of Lincoln is looking for the area’s most motivated students. Now in its third year, Driven Youth Invitational (DYI) is an intensive program offered through Junior Achievement that gives students the knowledge and insight they need to compete and succeed in today’s economy.

Over seven Tuesday evenings, students will be mentored by some of Lincoln’s most successful and inspirational entrepreneurs, learning how they turned their passions into careers. Students will develop business ideas, learn how to do market research and compose their own business plans. At the end of the session, one of the students will walk away with a $500 scholarship from Nelnet.

Weekly guest speakers include:

Nick Bock – co-founder and CEO, Five Nines Technology Group

Jay Wilkinson – founder and CEO, Firespring

Blake Lawrence – founder, Hurrdat and opendorse

Stephanie Jarrett – co-founder and CMO, Bulu Box

Collin Caneva – co-founder and CEO, Gear Five Studio

Randy Kinney – Into Metal

Mailani Veney- Lincoln Industries & Jazzercise

DYI is free to any interested high school student, although space is limited. Classes begin Feb. 4 and continue on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. through March 25. DYI is held at Kaplan University, 1821 K St. #106/108 in Lincoln.

For more information or to sign up, students can visit Media can contact Junior Achievement of Lincoln President Tera Norris at (402) 467-1217 or

About Junior Achievement of Lincoln
Celebrating more than 42 years in our community, Junior Achievement of Lincoln’s 700 business and community volunteers annually deliver its in-school programs to more than 23,000 students in 77 local public and parochial schools at no cost to the schools. For more information on Junior Achievement, visit