David Dresner Works To Fill Void in Teens’ Education


Entrepreneurial Thinking Is Largely Not Taught in Schools; Dresner Hopes To Help

David Dresner, owner of multiple local companies and a serial entrepreneur by nature, is reaching out to St. Louis’ youth and hoping to directly influence their entrepreneurial spirit.

David Dresner recognizes that entrepreneurship is typically a genetic trait, although it is contagious. “If you surround yourself with hungry, innovative people, the possibilities are endless,” shares Dresner. “Entrepreneurship is a scary and risky idea to most people, so it isn’t largely covered in the public education system. It’s great that these teens are seeking it out from extra-curricular activities and I want to do to my part to help drive these ideas home.”

To achieve this, Dresner is focusing his efforts on inspiring St. Louis’ youth to take the first few daunting steps towards making their dreams a reality. He will be speaking with the Saint Louis Science Center’s Youth Exploring Science (Y.E.S.) Program this weekend, which has a department focused on Entrepreneurship. The goal of this program is to empower teens to become future stakeholders in the community.

Y.E.S. teens work in project-based learning communities to collaboratively create products and business prototypes and to educate and empower others to do the same. Each group creates prototypes that fulfill the challenge of: “How can we as innovative entrepreneurs design, create, test, market, and sell a product that solves an existing problem and/or meets an unmet need in the community?”

Dresner dreamed up the idea of his company, Sleeve a Message, at an extremely young age and incubated it in the Washington University Olin Business School before becoming a market-disruptor in today’s printing scene. Dresner has also been the talk of the town with his new global pot sticker restaurant opening soon in Tower Grove, which will double as a manufacturing facility.

The Saint Louis Science Center and its Y.E.S. Program provide unique opportunities for St. Louis children and teens to explore their passions. “If I can influence even one person in that room to take a step towards their future or a risk they otherwise wouldn’t have, I’m going to count that as a huge win,” says Dresner.

Who: David Dresner, St. Louis entrepreneur, owner of Sleeve a Message and Crispy Edge

What: Speaking to the Saint Louis Science Center’s YES Program Teens

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Saint Louis Science Center’s Taylor Community Resource Center

4900 Manchester Ave St. Louis, MO 63110

Why: To influence young teens to become entrepreneurs and pave their way to success


For more information on Sleeve a Message, go to http://www.sleeveamessage.com/.