The Schuylkill Chamber Foundation is proud to be the sponsoring organization of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) for the youth community partnering with Penn State Schuylkill as the host site.

The Schuylkill Chamber Foundation, in collaboration with many community partners, is excited to bring this nationally recognized program to our area for the second year.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting yearlong after school program that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. The students will begin by identifying ideas and recognizing opportunities. They will research and develop business plans with the help of their instructor and mentors. The students will pitch their business to an Investment Panel, composed of sponsors who may choose to invest in these new businesses. The students will actually launch their business and then introduce these businesses at a Trade Show in the spring.

YEA! Schuylkill is maintained by a student tuition as well as investments from the local business community. Scholarships are available.

Business leaders are an integral part of the YEA! classes, as they are asked to participate in a variety of ways. Speaking to classes, teaching, opening their business for field trips, advising and mentoring are just some of the ways business professionals can get involved.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in communities across America.


Students from Schuylkill County and the surrounding region may download and submit the student application to the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce by EMAIL:, or MAIL: 1 Progress Circle, Suite 201, Pottsville, PA 17901.  Copies of the application are also available at the Schuylkill Chamber office.  An interview will be scheduled for each YEA! student candidate upon receipt of the student’s written responses, and payment of the $10 application fee.  Meet the early registration deadline of June to receive a $200 tuition discount and top priority for scheduling an interview.  After the interview, students will be notified of their status as Accepted, Not Accepted, or Wait-listed.  

Tuition is $495.  The business community offers generous scholarships to candidates with a passion to learn about business and become an entrepreneur.  Students and guardians may download and submit the Scholarship Application to be considered for tuition assistance based on merit and/or need.  Information about income must be submitted for need-based scholarships and will be kept confidential.  Merit scholarships are awarded to students showing passion and a strong interest in entrepreneurial learning. 

Orientation for students and guardians will be held in October.

Classes begin at the end of October and are typically held on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at our host site Penn State Schuylkill, 200 University Drive, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.  Exceptions to the schedule are made for special classes, field trips, and events.  The YEA! program has had good success working within the confines of busy students who are also active in other clubs, sports and activities.  Feel free to contact us to discuss the schedule.

For more information, contact Mary Jo Moss, Program Manager by email at or call 570.622.1942.  

We are more than excited to spark the spirit of entrepreneurship in our county’s students!  If you would like to nominate a student, contact us by email or phone. 

Read more about the national program of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at

We are teaching students how to make a job, not just take a job.