September 24, 2015

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) chapter for Danville and Pittsylvania County is pleased to announce Danville Community College Educational Foundation as a sponsor of its innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes.

Shannon Hair, Executive Director of the DCC Educational Foundation, recently announced the Foundation would be providing a $2,000 scholarship to each student who successfully completes the YEA program and enrolls at DCC upon high school graduation. The DCC Educational Foundation began its affiliation with the YEA program in 2014-15 by providing scholarships to the YEA students. The 2014-15 sponsorship represented a $30,000 commitment to these young entrepreneurs.

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students in grades six to 12 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.  

“We are thrilled to have the support of the DCC Educational Foundation,” said Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President & CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce which sponsors the local YEA! chapter. “This investment in our students will assist them as they continue their education and launch businesses in the future.”

“We are proud to support the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people,” said Hair. “The DCC Educational Foundation believes in providing the means to encourage students to recognize the opportunity to create and start their own business while investing in their education.”

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) teaches students to 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.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation 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.

The Danville-Pittsylvania County chapter of YEA! is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. The after-school program is open to all students in Danville and Pittsylvania County. Programs are held weekly at Danville Community College. If you would like more information on YEA!, please visit the Chamber’s website at www.dpchamber.org or call the Chamber office at 434-836-6990.