2014-2015 YEA! Program

About the Young Entrepreneur Academy

The Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) is the only one of its kind in New York City. Originally developed with support from the Kauffman Foundation at the University of Rochester in 2004, YEA!’s mission is to develop and deliver experience-based entrepreneurship programs to young people to:

  • Enable them to transition successfully to adulthood
  • Help them to pursue their dreams by harnessing their creativity and energy
  • Help them transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value for a better world
  • Develop the character of tomorrow’s leaders based on personal principles and values
  • Enable educational institutions and Chambers of Commerce to provide successful and effective entrepreneurship programs for middle and high school students
  • Create a culture of innovation in schools and communities across the nation
  • Foster the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, educators, and community members

The United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Young Entrepreneur Academy in 2011. Today, YEA! serves thousands of students in 168 countries, teaching them how to make a job, not just take a job.

YEA! provides a focused introduction to the business world, combining a dynamic, proven curriculum with the experiences of local leaders of industry, community members, educators and entrepreneurs. The goal of all YEA! classes is for each student to successfully launch their own business.

National Winner:

Sydney Kennedy CEO, Fortitude
Notre Dame Academy High School, Class of 2016

Investor Panel Presentation Winner Who Represented Staten Island at Regional Saunders Semi-Finals Competition in Rochester.
Sydney Kennedy, CEO of Fortitude has successfully launched her business due to the guidance and prayers of all her mentors. Looking forward into Fortitude’s future, Sydney plans on hosting multiple jewelry parties and continue expanding her name throughout New York City. The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation has reached out with helping hands wanting to assist Sydney  with her ultimate goal of donating $5,000 to the MS Organization within the next year.

National Winner:

Akshay Pandya CEO, Web-It
Staten Island Technical High School, Class of 2016

Sam’s Club Special Award Winner
Web-It is currently working on it’s website, set to launch in early July. We have connected with several potential clients through the Investor Panel as well as the YEA! Trade Show. We plan to start designing and marketing for clients beginning in July. Web-It looks forward to working with various restaurant owners.

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