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The mission of Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) is to provide underprivileged young men and women, ages 14-22, with the opportunity to attain long-term economic independence through a training program that gives them business skills to gain access to and succeed in our economic system.
YEA teaches young people between the ages of 14 - 22 how to own and operate a business. Many of YEA's young owners are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some have been court involved because of past criminal behavior and others are considered "at-risk." YEA is has been called a great example of how a good idea finds its niche in philanthropy. YEAâ s core idea is using practical business experience as training and education to give a boost to troubled or otherwise disadvantaged teens. They develop business skills, and acquire business culture (attitudes, values, ways of thinking and behaving) and practical business experience, that provide not only direction but competitive advantage as our â alumniâ move on to further education and early adulthood. After several experimental applications and learning experiences of our own starting in 1996, with various kinds of programs, businesses, institutional configurations, and youth populations, we have found an institutional â fitâ that is practically viable and scalable with huge potential: as a curriculum extension in vocational high schools. YEA staff provide the business know-how; high school faculty provide the technical expertise and training of students in a curricular field; and the schools provide the students needing help. The adults settle on what business to start, and they all build it from scratch, teaching and learning as they go. The results are that kids who were headed for bleak, unskilled future lives are equipped to move into white-collar jobs and careers; schools and teachers are revitalized; and both happen at lower costs than what they replacedâ imagine, courses that become income-producing! Our challenge is growing fast enough to keep up with accelerating demand. We invite you to join us!
- Julie Nessen
- (978) 369-2400
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