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Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Generation Z

Nicole Kruse, AEI Coach

As our second quarter begins, the Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute (AEI) is launching into Unit 2 of the curriculum – Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Part of Aspen Academy's vision for AEI is developing an entrepreneurial mindset in our students. We know that every student who graduates from Aspen Academy won't go out and become an entrepreneur, but we do want our students to have the tools to think like one. Most of our students are part of a new generation – Generation Z. These are kids born between 1996 and 2010, and just like Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, Generation Z has a plethora of unique characteristics. Sure, some of it may feel strange to those of us who grew up in the school of hard knocks, but the reality is that time and technology have changed all of that. As the parents of this generation, it's our duty to embrace and understand who these kiddos are. A quick Google search allows us to understand where our kids are headed and what makes them different from other generations. I've gathered a few articles to help you along the way: