Kids start as students, and graduate as CEOs!

The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to be bringing the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to the North Shore.  YEA! teaches students in grades 9-12 how to start and run their own REAL businesses.
YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation.  YEA! guides high school students through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement over the course of a full academic year. YEA! has graduated almost 600 students over the past 7 years, who have started almost 450 businesses and social movements!  Kids start as students, and graduate as CEOs!

Over the course of the program students:

Brainstorm business ideas
Write a business plan
Interact with business professionals
Pitch their business plan to potential “investors” (think Shark Tank meets the Apprentice meets American Idol)
Obtain funding
Legally register their businesses
Participate in a Trade Show
Actually launch their own businesses or social movements

YEA! offers students the chance to:

Develop the skills necessary to launch their own business or social movement (hands-on entrepreneurial experience!)
Learn about real businesses - why they succeed or fail.
Hear from local entrepreneurs.
Launch their own business or social movement!
Become more confident in their ideas and their abilities.  

Two Student/Parent Info Sessions will be held on June 4 and 18th in the McCarthy Auditorium at the Peabody Light Plant, 201 Warren Street, Peabody, MA  Register online at

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!

Thanks to the generosity of Community Credit Union in helping to launch the YEA! program, the academy will start in November 2015 on the Danvers campus of North Shore Community College, Wednesday afternoons from 4-7pm.
For more information, contact Maria Terris at the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce at 978-531-0384 or email


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