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 work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community members  and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and actually launch and run their own, real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA! Approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation from the program. Students learn to make a job—not just take a job!

 Key Class Information:

·         Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to participate
·         Need Based Scholarships for the program are available
·         Max class size is 24 students so act fast!
·         Class is project-based so attendance is very important
·         Program runs from October 14th 2013- May 14th 2013


Applications are now being accepted. Apply Today!

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YEA! Fast Facts

·         100% of Academy Graduates Graduate High School on Time
·         99% of Eligible Academy Graduates enrol in College
·         19% of YEA! Students Start Second Businesses
·         50% of YEA! Students Continue Business for More Than 1 Year
·         49% of YEA! Students are Female
·         56% of YEA! Students are Underrepresented Minorities
·         42% of YEA! Students matriculate to host institution when hosted on a college campus YEA! Students have been awarded over a half million dollars in scholarships as a result of their involvement in YEA!
·         YEA! Students have been awarded over a half million dollars in scholarships as a result of their involvement in YEA!
·         1,384 students have graduated from YEA! and have launched 1,093 enterprises.
·         7,300 business and community leaders have supported the students’ experiences as YEA! volunteers.

Learn more about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy!

Young Entrepreneurs Academy National Website

Young Entrepreneurs Academy Youtube Page.  See past students in Action!

YEA! Danville Pittsylvania County Facebook. Stay tuned For updates!

For more information and to get involved with YEA! Danville Pittsylvania County, email John Mathena at the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce at or call (434)-836- 6990

The Chamber needs your help to empower future leaders!

To learn more about sponsorship and participant opportunities with  the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce YEA! Program please see the Sponsor and Participant Information document or contact John Mathena at or (434)-836-6990.

Sponsor and Participant information