Arcadia University’s School of Global Business will offer the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) this fall, a program that educates high school students about innovation and entrepreneurship.
The 30-week program, a noncredit, after-school course, will begin Wednesday, Nov. 14, on campus. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through June 2013 in the Commons. Applications will be accepted from students in grades 10 and 11.
In collaboration with the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the YEA! program takes high school students through the process of starting and running a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. It provides an introduction to the business world, combining curriculum with experience of local industry leaders, community members, educators and entrepreneurs. Students will develop business ideas and objectives, write business plans, and explore how to obtain funding, develop and manage media campaigns, and run sales events. The program aims to help students to transform ideas into enterprises of economic and social value and to foster the entrepreneurial mindset in young adults.
“The Young Entrepreneurship Academy is an innovative program that teaches young future entrepreneurs to embrace their passion, live their dream, and eventually change the world,” said Dr. NJ Delener, Founding Dean of the School of Global Business. “These young promising entrepreneurs are able, in the class, to identify the things that they love doing and are good at and put those together to come up with a great idea for business. I am very pleased that Arcadia’s School of Global Business will be instrumental in discovering future entrepreneurs. One of our missions is to enhance Arcadia University community engagement. As an educator, it feels rewarding to be a part of this process.”