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Nominate a Student for a Unique Experience: YEA!
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Nominate a Student for a Unique Experience: YEA!

YEA! focuses on a broad definition of entrepreneurship - the transformation of an idea into an enterprise that creates value. Nominate a student for this unique experience at
The Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber is excited and proud to bring this program to our region with support from the Kauffman Foundation*, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Dept. of Economic and Community Development and Southern New Hampshire University.
Whether it is the newest version of the Baby-sitters Club in the neighborhood, or the Environmental Action campaign at their school, young people have the imagination, courage, and intelligence to develop and launch their own, unique entrepreneurial ideas.
At YEA! students brainstorm ideas for business creation or social change and develop a business plan. The plans include all the components of a successful business, which they will then manage throughout the course, including financing, marketing, and selling the product or service. Students in the course see real-world adaptations of entrepreneurial ideas through discussions with guest lecturers and field trips.
Students present their business plans to YEA! Investors, who help finance the  plans based on the appeal and merit of the plan and presentation. They also showcase their goods and services at a YEA! Trade Show. Open to the public, this Trade Show allows students to enlarge their customer base.
At YEA! all of the learning is real and experiential!
YEA! students become self-confident, creative, collaborative thinkers and leaders who can powerfully articulate ideas. Entrepreneurship training continually proves to be extremely effective in improving student performance in the classroom and in the community. 100% of YEA! graduates graduate High School on time, 99% enroll in college and 19% start a second business.
YEA! meets during the academic year, with occasional, supplemental field trips and lectures at different times. Class will not meet during school breaks and holidays.
Students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated creativity, academic effort, determination, enthusiasm, the ability to communicate, and a commitment to their community. Students who apply should be responsible individuals who pursue goals with tenacity. Prior experience in business is not required. You can nominate a student and/or request an application to pass on to a student OR contact Instructor Robin Whorff (442-9583) or Program Manager Carolyn Farkas-Noe (725-8797 x 4) or email
*The Young Entrepreneurs Academy was developed with the support of the Kauffmann Campuses Initiatives Grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth.

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