Young Entrepreneurs Academy Begins New Classes This Fall

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy Begins New Classes This Fall

23 Students graduated from the Dearborn Area Chamber’s first Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in the 2013-2014 school year. The Chamber will be hosting the second YEA! class starting in October, 2014. Applications for interested students are now available at www.dearbornareachamber.org or by calling 313-584-6100.

23 Students graduated from the Dearborn Area Chamber’s first Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in the 2013-2014 school year. The Chamber will be hosting the second YEA! class starting in October, 2014. Applications for interested students are now available at www.dearbornareachamber.org or by calling 313-584-6100.

Dearborn, MI–The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy, (YEA!), is an innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes. The Dearborn Area Chamber YEA! program is excited to again host classes for the 2014-2015 school year this fall!

YEA! is a cutting-edge program that takes students between the ages of 12 and 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year . By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims to teach students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job. It is the ONLY pre-college program developed by an entrepreneur, at a university, with support from a major entrepreneurial foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

“As the host site in the program’s inaugural year, we are so thrilled to be offering the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy program to local middle and high school students in our community,” said Jeff Evans, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. “This program enhances business education for our students, and provides a unique, challenging, and fulfilling experience for all participants.”

Students at The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy are already heavily involved in student-body activities and pride themselves on hard work, which bodes well for the program, since it requires a nine-month commitment from its young executives.  In this time, students will brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, file their DBAs, and by the end, actually launch their own business or social movement! Business mentors and local entrepreneurs across a variety of industries will support the students throughout the program. All of the learning is real and experiential.

“One of the most interesting components of the YEA! program is the actual ‘behind the scenes’ knowledge that local business leaders are able to share with students,” said Jackie Lovejoy, President of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce. “This experience is something they will be able to apply to any field they choose to enter, and will provide them with the necessary skills to become future leaders of their industries.

If you know a middle or high school student with the desire to start a REAL business, YEA! is accepting applications for this fall! Applications can be found by going to www.dearbornareachamber.org or by contacting Ron Hinrichs, Dearborn Area Chamber Program Manager at 313-584-6100.

Two informational booths are scheduled for this year to inform interested parties about the YEA! Program. The first will be at the Dearborn Farmers and Artisans Market on Friday, July 25 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Market is located behind the historic Bryant Library at 22100 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. The second is scheduled for Tuesday, August 5 at Van Houten Park in Dearborn Heights as a part of the Dearborn Area Chamber’s Family Fun Day Business Open House and National Night Out event from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contact the Chamber office for more information on these events.

The Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce provides 600+ members with the opportunities and resources to engage and network with other businesses, enhancing financial growth, professional development, and the ability to contribute to a thriving community environment.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting year long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in communities across America. For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 585.272.3535 or visit www.yeausa.org. For More information on the Dearborn Area Chamber YEA! Program, visit www.dearbornareachamber.org.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

The U.S. Chamber Foundation and Campaign for Free Enterprise are national sponsors and partners of YEA!, helping to promote the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Partnership

In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became a national sponsor and partner of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to help promote the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.  Through coordination with its network of local chambers of commerce, the U.S. Chamber has helped communities across the country adopt the YEA! program. Together, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are celebrating the power and promise of young people in business and encouraging the next greatest generation to make a job, not just take a job.

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