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STUDENTS: CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR UPCOMING VIRTUAL CLASS DATES! CLASSES ARE OPEN TO OCUBIC AND MARYSVILLE STUDENTS!
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a program that teaches middle and high school students 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 middle school and 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 over 7,700 students who have started over 5,100 businesses and social movements! YEA! graduates started as students, and left the program as CEOs of their own companies!
YEAOCUBIC classes will meet January through May, for three hours weekly. Applications will be accepted from students in grades 6-12.
There are no classes during regular school holidays and recesses. Students are taught by an instructor, but are given the opportunity to hear from guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and business mentors. The class goes on field trips to a variety of local businesses. Finally, the students participate in three major events throughout the year: the Investor Panel, Trade Show and a Formal Graduation Ceremony.
First 5 Weeks
SPARK AN IDEA
Idea generation and opportunity recognition.
Next 10 Weeks
BUILD YOUR BUSINESS
Business plan development.
Last 10 Weeks
LAUNCH YOUR BUSINESS
Launch of the new enterprises.
Expect to take 4 field trips over the course of the program
This is where you show your stuff!
Showcase your work and pitch to investors.
Dale Lear, MBA
Professor at Ohio Christian University
in the School of Business & Government and Professional Entrepreneur
Owner of Get-U-Connected, LLC
Develop 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 Guest Lecturers, Successful Entrepreneurs and Business Mentors
Launch their own business!
Become more confident in their ideas and their abilities.
STUDENT SELECTION PROCESS
Once the completed application packet is received, students will be asked to come in for an interview. Acceptance in the program is based on all aspects of an application, as well as the personal interview. Prior experience with business is not required!
Students in grades 7-12 can also earn 6 college credits from Ohio Christian University upon graduating from the YEA! class.
Fill out OCU's Trailblazer Academy (Dual Enrollment) application. Note on application that you were referred by "Young Entrepreneurs Academy".
*Student must have 2.0 GPA and 19+ ACT (or equivalent score from SAT, CLT, or Accuplacer) to qualify
· 25 classes, 75 hours (professional instructors)
· All class materials
· Field Trips
· Wifi Hot Spot access at OCUBIC for 12 months after class graduation
· And much more!
To Apply for YEA!, Students Must:
Fill out the YEA! application
Complete the essay and the short answer questions
Submit a letter of recommendation (can be submitted separately)
ARE TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY
Benefits to Becoming a YEA! Partner
Demonstrate your deep commitment to business creation and the entrepreneurial spirit
90% of consumers say they want to hear more from the businesses about the causes they support, and two-thirds would switch to a brand that supports a cause they care about.
Receive positive publicity and promotion in your community and across the country
Connect in with the next generation of CEOs and future customers
If you are interested in learning how
you can support this great program,
please contact our program manager: