To apply or for more information, call 540-674-1991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Background on Program
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses. YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. The Pulaski County Chamber is excited to offer YEA! to the New River Valley community!
YEA! guides students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement over the course of a full academic year. As of 2016, YEA! has graduated 6,000 students who have launched over 4,000 businesses and social movements! YEA! graduates started as students, and left the program as CEOs of their own companies!
Over the course of the program, students:
This program offers students the chance to:
Organization of Program
YEA! classes will meet October through May, for three hours weekly. Applications will be accepted from students in grades 6-12.
There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses. Students are taught by an instructor, but are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and business mentors. The class goes on field trips to a variety of local businesses. Finally, the students participate in three major events throughout the year: the Investor Panel, Trade Show and a formal graduation ceremony.
Student Selection Process
To apply for YEA!, students must:
Once the completed application packet is received, students will be asked to come in for an interview. Acceptance in the program is based on all aspects of an application, as well as the personal interview. Prior experience with business is not required!
How Business Professional Can Get Involved
Through their interactions with business professional during the year, YEA! students gain some of the most important knowledge and experience they need to succeed. Local professionals volunteer their time and expertise as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers, and much more! The time YEA! students spend with adults who encourage their futures is invaluable, and participants often report getting even more out of their participation than they put in to it!
If you are interested in becoming involved with YEA! as a guest speaker, field trip host, or volunteer, contact Christiana Marjakangas at 540-674-1991 or email@example.com.
A big thank you to our founding sponsors, who helped to bring YEA! to Pulaski County and the entire New River Valley in 2015-16. To become a sponsor for the upcoming YEA! year, visit our sponsorship page here or contact the Chamber.