Entrepreneurs are not born. They are not made. They are awoken, stirred from the status quo by an overwhelming desire to solve a problem.  And when they discover a solution to that problem, they move past the inertia and fear to create something of value for the world. 

At the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), we believe that every student, regardless of background or resources can witness their own greatness through the journey of entrepreneurship. With guidance, persistence, a willingness to learn from our mistakes, every single one of us, young or old, rich or poor, educated or self-taught, can embrace an entrepreneurial mindset, allowing us to reach our maximum potential.  

Now more than ever, young people need an outlet for their creativity and a productive path to connect with the world around them.  For over 15 years, YEA! has been a leader in entrepreneurship education, striving to help students build confidence through the dedicated act of bringing an idea to life, and we are excited to bring the benefits of the YEA! curriculum to new and underserved communities.

Because if we can empower a generation of young people from every background to have the confidence to implement their ideas, just imagine the pipeline of diverse innovators and business leaders we will all help inspire.

This is where you can help.  We are fundraising to expand our impact to reach 1 million teens by 2025.

A $100 Gift provides 12 hours of entrepreneurship education for an underserved teen. 

A $12,000 Gift covers an entire 9-month program, changing the lives of at least 30 students. 

Please join us in this effort to change the way young people see themselves and the world around them. 


“In places like the school system where my talents and unique outlook on life cause me to feel like I could never succeed in life, YEA! taught me that I do have a chance of success, where my creativity is embraced and nurtured. I learned that I have always had the grit and story to make a difference in the lives of others, I just needed the push that YEA! provided. I am full of gratitude, and I have never felt more connected to who I am now. The future looks so bright.” 

 –17 year-old Gizlangba Gbor, YEA! Chicago Chapter

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