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Goal-_Mission_picThe 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 YEA! Philadelphia program began in 2013 and is offered by the Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs.
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:

  1. Brainstorm business ideas
  2. Write a business plan
  3. Interact with business professionals
  4. Attend field trips for a behind-the-scenes look at local businesses
  5. Pitch their business plan to local investors for startup funding and the opportunity to advance to regional and national competitions.
  6. Legally register their businesses
  7. Participate in a local YEA! Trade Show
  8. Launch and run their own business or social movement
  9. Graduate from the program with lifelong leadership and business skills

YEA! Mission:

Develop and deliver experience-based entrepreneurship programs to young people to:

  • Enable them to transition successfully to adulthood
  • Help them to pursue their dreams by harnessing their creativity and energy
  • Help them transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value for a better world
  • Develop the character of tomorrow’s leaders based on personal principles and values
  • Enable educational institutions and Chambers of Commerce to provide successful and effective entrepreneurship programs for middle and high school students
  • Create a culture of innovation in schools and communities across the nation
  • Foster the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, educators, and community members

YEA! Vision:

To be a leader in establishing innovative, experiential entrepreneurship programs for middle and high school students, delivering these programs through colleges and universities, and in high schools and middle schools throughout the country, in close cooperation with local community and business leaders and their organizations. To partner with like minded organizations to effectively deliver entrepreneurship education to young people across our nation.

YEA! provides a focused introduction to the business world, combining a dynamic, proven curriculum with the experiences of local leaders of industry, community members, educators and entrepreneurs. The goal of all YEA! classes is for each student to successfully launch their own business.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Inc. (YEA! Inc) is a charitable, tax-exempt organization under Section 501c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code

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