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  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

  • BUILDING OUR NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
    We're pleased to offer this inspirational program for aspiring entrepreneurs in our community.


    EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2018
    REGULAR APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 15th, 2018



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  • ABOUT THE ACADEMY


    The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own, REAL businesses.




    CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION

    Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! has helped more than 4,000 students nationwide launch over 3,000 businesses and social movements. The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is excited to start the fifth year of YEA! in our community in the 2017-18 academic year.




    MAKE A JOB - DON'T JUST TAKE A JOB!


    YEA! guides students through the process of fulfilling their very own American dream. By bridging the business and educational communities students are taught by trained instructors, and are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and mentors. Over the course of the program, students:
    • Brainstorm business ideas
    • Write a business plan
    • Interact with business professionals
    • Attend field trips for a behind-the-scenes look at local businesses
    • Pitch their business plan to local investors for startup funding and the opportunity to advance to regional and national competitions
    • Legally register their businesses
    • Participate in a local YEA! Trade Show
    • Launch and run their own business or social movement
    • Graduate from the program with lifelong leadership and business skills


    CALENDAR

    October 2018 to March 2019, classes meet weekly during the school year. Classes do not occur during regular school holidays and recesses.


    [June 1st, 2018] 
    Early Admissions Application Deadline (applications reviewed on a rolling-basis)

    [September 15th, 2017]
    Fall Application Deadline




    STUDENT SELECTION PROCESS

    YEA! welcomes applications from all students in grades 6 through 12 who are between 11 and 18 years old. Students interested in starting their own, real business may apply for acceptance into the program by completing the application, which includes an essay and short-answer questions, school transcript and letter of recommendation.

    Once the completed application is received, students may be invited to attend an in-person interview. Acceptance into the program is based on all aspects of the completed application as well as the personal interview. Prior business experience is not required, nor is it required to have a business idea prior to the start of class.





    APPLY

    Start as a student, finish as a CEO! Students ages 11 to 18 and in grades 6 through 12 are eligible to apply. This program offers students the chance to:

    Still interested in learning more? Students, fill out our 
    YEA! Student Interest Form to hear from your local Program Manager!  


    Ready to apply? We offer two easy ways to submit your application!

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    Apply online
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    PDF - soon




    GET INVOLVED

    Share your business wisdom with aspiring young entrepreneurs and help them get started on the path to success! We’re seeking expert professionals to volunteer their time as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers, and more. The time YEA! students spend with adults who encourage their futures is invaluable, and you can play an important role in guiding our future leaders.

    If you are interested in getting involved with YEA! and being inspired by your community’s great young minds,
    contact Gwen Kohl at 253-682-1740 or email
    yea@tacomachamber.org




    SPONSORS

    YEA! USA is made possible by the Kauffman Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. We also like to thank our national supporters, Sam’s Club and Southwest Airlines.




    SUCCESS STORIES
    Click below to meet our National Saunders Champion Maxx Stewart

    The News Tribune Article

    U.S. Chamber Foundation Article

    Facebook Post



    Click below to see why students nationwide participate in YEA!


    YEA! HYPE Video

    Watch 2015 Saunders Scholars Video

    YEA! Student Feature in Entrepreneur Magazine




    CONTACT US

    For more information, call (253) 682-1740 or email Gwen Kohl at
    yea@tacomachamber.org.



     

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