The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a national innovative entrepreneurship education program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures.
The newest YEA! site, located in the Midtown Detroit campus of Wayne State University, is the first YEA! program in the country to focus exclusively on preparing female entrepreneurs. The driving force in establishing this site was the foundation of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Greater Detroit Chapter (NAWBO/EXCEL).
“Our goal is to show girls at a young age how to be successful business owners, and continue to support the growing trend of successful women-owned businesses in our community,” says Carol Kirkland, president of NAWBO/EXCEL. “The YEA! experience can be applied to any field, and will provide young women with the necessary skills to become future leaders of their industries.”