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Next Class starts October 2017!
North Shore Community College - Danvers Campus
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00pm

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  • Background on Program

  • Why Apply?

  • Organization of the Program

  • Student Selection Process

  • How Business Professionals Can Get Involved

  • Sponsors

  • Request More Information


Background on Program

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy(YEA!) is a 30-week, after school program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses.  The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring YEA! to students on the North Shore!  The YEA! program guides middle and high school students, ages 12-18 years, through the process of starting and running a legitimate business or social movement over the course of a full academic year.  Start as a student, graduate as a CEO! 

In our first year, the YEA! Peabody program had a student win the regional competition with her business idea, and attend the US Small Business Summit in DC to present her business plan to compete for Young Entrepreneur of the Year!

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 ABC’s “Shark Tank”!)

  • Obtain funding

  • Legally register their businesses

  • Participate in a Trade Show

  • Actually launch their own businesses or social movements 

Why Apply?

 The experience the YEA! program offers can be a 'game-changer' on college applications, plus the program 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.

  • Develop leadership skills.

  • Launch their own business or social movement!

  • Become more confident in their ideas and their abilities.

  • Compete for college scholarships.
  • Earn college credit and work toward a Certificate of Entrepreneurship at North Shore Community College before you graduate high school.

Organization of Program

YEA! classes will meet October 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 exposed to 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.


Student Selection Process

To apply for YEA!, students must:

  • Fill out the YEA! application

  • Complete the essay and the short answer questions

  • Submit their transcripts

  • Submit a letter of recommendation

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!  Class size is limited.  Scholarships are available.

To receive an application to apply for the YEA! 2016 program, email or complete the form below.

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!


For more information, call 978-531-0384

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Completion of this form will allow us to send you additional information on the YEA! program including upcoming events and information sessions.