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Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a ground-breaking program established in 2004 that transforms middle and high school students into skilled entrepreneurs who create and run actual businesses. It is being presented for the first time in California by the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

YEA! has graduated more than 900 students over the past 9 years, who have started over 550 businesses and social movements. 100% of YEA! students complete high school on time and 99% enroll in college having an advantage with the YEA! credentials on their applications.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Over the course, YEA! students will:

  • Brainstorm business ideas
  • Write a business plan
  • Interact with business professionals
  • Pitch their business plan to potential “investors” (think Shark Tank meets the Apprentice meets American Idol)
  • Obtain funding
  • Legally register their businesses
  • Participate in a Trade Show
  • Actually launch their own businesses or social movements

In addition to learning the ins-and-outs of running a business, YEA! students gain long lasting skills that will impact many areas of their lives:

  • Self-confidence
  • Proficiency in writing and comprehension abilities
  • Critical thinking, a skill required by many employers
  • Advanced financial literacy
  • Public Speaking capabilities

Young Entrepreneurs Academy classes will meet on Tuesdays from October through May at the Willow International Community College. There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses. Students are taught by an instructor, but also work with guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and business mentors. The class goes on field trips to a variety of local businesses and participates in three major events throughout the year: the Investor Panel, Trade Show and a formal graduation ceremony.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Sponsorships are still available to invest in YEA!. All funds will be used exclusively for the YEA! program and are paid to the Foundation for Regional Development, a 501©3 corporation. For more information, call 559 299-7363 or email Fran Blackney at the Clovis Chamber of Commerce fran@clovischamber.com

Town Square Publications business model and beliefs are firmly based in the fact “Education is the Key” for success in any business both young or old as we proudly endorse the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

A big “YEA” goes out to all participants knowing your future is bright so you better where shades!