Develop and deliver experience-based entrepreneurship programs to young people to:

  • Enable them to transition successfully to adulthood;
  • Help them to pursue their dreams by harnessing their creativity and energy;
  • Help them transform their ideas into tangible enterprises that create economic and social value for a better world;
  • Develop the character of tomorrow’s leaders based on personal principles and values;
  • Enable educational institutions and Chambers of Commerce to provide successful and effective entrepreneurship programs for high school students;
  • Create a culture of innovation in schools and communities across the nation; 
  • Foster the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, educators, and community members, and
  • Open pathways to higher education and greater opportunities through experience, education, connections and confidence building!

Application Submission

Closes October 15, 2019


In-Person Interviews

Scheduled through October 30th


Selection of 2019/2020Class

November 1, 2019

Classes begin November 12, 2019!

Our Mission

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 The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting 20-week after-school class that transforms Phoenix high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA! approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students across America. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce® Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today's youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

The Phoenix YEA! Program is championed by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and continues to expand each year - creating a highly successful, educated next generation of business and community leaders! 

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is not only a wonderful tool to teach students about business, but also a great way to build confident leaders with values. An excellent instrument to unify the business and educational communities, YEA! continues to expand across the country to fulfill our mission of teaching more students how to create and launch a business, not just take a job.