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Redefining Entrepreneurship Education in America

Groundbreaking Program

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.

Community Impact

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a life-changing program that positively impacts the entire community. From exciting local business guest lecturers to dynamic field trips to local companies, students learn how to develop and run a real enterprise in a fun, projects-based approach.

National Partnerships

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in 168 communities across America. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

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; and
  • 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.

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YEA! Academies near you

  • Newark Regional Business Partnership

    Distance: 9.76 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Emily Manz

    Email: newarkyea@gmail.com

    Phone: (646) 856-9076

  • Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 18.21 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Kim Burbano

    Email: kburbano@sichamber.com

    Phone: (718) 727-1900

  • Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 111.83 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Mary Jo Moss

    Email: mmoss@schuylkillchamber.com

    Phone: (570) 294-6568

  • Peabody Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 198.93 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Maria Terris

    Email: events@peabodychamber.com

    Phone: (978) 531-0384

  • Blair County Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 218.58 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Royce Boyd

    Email: yea@blairchamber.com

    Phone: (814) 241-3891

  • Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 218.91 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: KC Repage

    Email: krepage@loudounchamber.org

    Phone: (703) 777-2176

  • Webster School District – Thomas High School

    Distance: 238.93 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Ida Marra

    Email: ida_marra@webstercsd.org

    Phone: (585) 670-8000

  • Webster School District – Schroeder High School

    Distance: 238.93 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Mary Pat Guinane

    Email: marypat_guinane@webstercsd.org

    Phone: (585) 670-5088

  • University of Rochester

    Distance: 239.64 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Amy Kauffman

    Email: akauffman@yeausa.org

    Phone: (585) 272-3535

  • Cattaraugus-Allegany County Business Development Corporation

    Distance: 256.87 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Halley Kottwitz

    Email: HKottwitz@southerntierwest.org

    Phone: 716-945-5301 x2207

  • Blairsville-Saltsburg School District

    Distance: 273.86 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Regina Geesey

    Email: geeseyregina@b-ssd.org

    Phone: 724-459-5500 ext. 1109

  • Ohio Christian University

    Distance: 473.51 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Chaz Freutel

    Email: chaz@get-u-connected.com

    Phone: 614-989-2429

  • Union County Economic Development Partnership

    Distance: 489.99 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Chaz Freutel

    Email: chaz@get-u-connected.com

    Phone: (614) 989-2429

  • Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 623.07 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Delores Dalton

    Email: jdhdalton@aol.com

    Phone: (606) 679-7323

  • Chicago – Female Strong

    Distance: 709.81 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Shelia Shenoy

    Email: info@yeachicago.org

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  • Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 727.17 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Steve Gaus

    Email: sgaus@palatinechamber.com

    Phone: (847) 359-7200

  • Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 836.55 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Wes Smith

    Email: wsmith@cullmanchamber.org

    Phone: (256) 734-0454

    https://www.cullmanchamber.org/young-entrepreneurs-academy-yea/

  • Dubuque Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 862.36 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Justine Paradiso

    Email: jehlers@dubuquechamber.com

    Phone: (563) 690-9202

  • YEA! MSP

    Distance: 1009.66 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Cheri Gengler

    Email: cgengler@mplschamber.com

    Phone: 612-370-9160

  • Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 1058.63 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Sherese D. James-Grow

    Email: sjamesgrow@bocachamber.com

    Phone: (561) 395-4433

  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce at Louisiana State University

    Distance: 1193.78 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Sarah Munson

    Email: sarah@yeabr.org

    Phone: (225) 325-3558

    https://www.yeabr.org

  • Frisco Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 1358.65 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Peter Burns

    Email: peter.burns@nokia.com

    Phone: (972) 335-9522

  • Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 1819.05 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Darcy Weir

    Email: darcy@gjchamber.org

    Phone: (970) 263-2916

  • Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2113.83 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Isabel Georgelos

    Email: isabel@tucsonhispanicchamber.org

    Phone: (250) 891-0505

  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2387.53 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Kim Fredericks

    Email: kfredericks@bellevuechamber.org

    Phone: (425) 213 -211

  • Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2417.92 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: PJ Delgaudio

    Email: pjdelgaudio@gmail.com

    Phone: (661) 860-7505

  • Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2454.79 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Nellie Ambrose & Mary Rose Jeffry

    Email: YEAmb@manhattanbeachchamber.com

    Phone: (310) 617-3511

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

    Distance: 2456.12 Miles (Approx.)

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    Program Manager: Eileen Hupp

    Email: eileen@palosverdeschamber.com

    Phone: (310) 377-8111

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