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CLASS BEGINS NOVEMBER 1, 2018 APPLY BY: October 15 to secure your interview
Watch this special story featuring one of our 2015 grads on WXYZ Channel 7!
Watch this special story featuring some of our 2015-2016 students from WDIV, Local 4!
Watch this short video to learn more about the exciting program we call YEA!
What is the Metro Detroit YEA!?
The Metro Detroit Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a groundbreaking and prestigious program that empowers young people to take control of their futures in a bold and powerful way, transforming students into CEOs of their own real businesses! Our program, held on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, is the recipient of the 2016 Directors Award at a national level from the corporate office of YEA!, is a recent recipient of a proclamation from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and has been featured prominently in our local media. Click here to watch a short intro video, here for our recent story on WDIV Local 4, and here for our story on WXYZ channel 7!
In the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, kids ages 11–18, learn how to turn their passions, skills, and talents into a real business or social movement! In YEA!, students come up with a big idea, pitch that idea for real funding to an investor panel (just like “Shark Tank”), and actually launch a fully formed, legally registered business – starting as students and graduating as CEOs – YEA! teaches kids how to make a job, not just take a job, all in less than 100 hours!
Over the course of the program, students:
This program offers students the chance to:
Organization of Program
YEA! classes will meet November through May, for three hours weekly. Applications will be accepted from students in grades 6-12.
There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses. Students are taught by an instructor, but are exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and business mentors. The class goes on field trips to a variety of local businesses. Finally, the students participate in three major events throughout the year: the Investor Panel, Trade Show and a formal graduation ceremony.
Student Selection Process
To apply for YEA!, students must:
Once the completed application packet is received, students will be asked to come in for an interview. Acceptance in the program is based on all aspects of an application, as well as the personal interview. Prior experience with business is not required!
How Business Professionals Can Get Involved
Through their interactions with business professionals during the year, YEA! students gain some of the most important knowledge and experience they need to succeed. Local professionals volunteer their time and expertise as guest speakers, mentors, investors, graphic designers, field trip hosts, business plan reviewers, and much more. The time YEA! students spend with adults who encourage their futures is invaluable, and participants often report getting even more out of their participation than they put in to it!
If you are interested in becoming involved with YEA! as a guest speaker, field trip host, or volunteer, contact PJ Lemanski at (313) 584-6100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply or for more information, call (313) 584-6100