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Northeast Times | February 1, 2023

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy comes to HEB ISD

The HEB Chamber of Commerce and the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD have created a partnership to bring The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) to students in grades 7 — 12 this fall. YEA! is an innovative program that transforms junior high and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes. The after-school program will be offered at the Gene A. Buinger Career & Technical Education Academy.

YEA! takes students through the process of starting and launching a business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program.The YEA! program requires a nine-month commitment from its young entrepreneurs. Students will brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, register their companies with governmental agencies, and by the end, actually launch their own business or social movement. Business mentors and local entrepreneurs across a variety of industries will support the students throughout the program. Lisa Karr, Director of Career & Technical Education at HEB ISD, said the program will offer students an experience that is aligned with career preparation.

“The students in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy will be successful as they are given the tools they need to succeed. We are excited to be one of those tools as they pave their road to success.”Mary Frazior, President & CEO of the HEB Chamber of Commerce, said the program will bring people together toward a common goal. “As an involved member in our business community, I can’t see a better way to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship in our young students. What a great opportunity for the HEB area.”It is the only pre-college program developed by an entrepreneur, at a university, with support from a major entrepreneurial foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, and the United States Chamber of Commerce. It was founded in 2004 through the University of Rochester and became its own corporation in 2008 and is being introduced throughout the country.

To learn more about the YEA! Program at HEB, visit the HEB Chamber of Commerce website. The YEA! application is available online and must be completed by May 1, 2014.

Download the YEA! application…

There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m., April 21 at the Pat May Center, Room C-3.