2016-2017 Program Year Information

Students may download and submit the Student Interest Form OR Student Application and the $10 application fee by October 12, 2016. Further scholarships are available and are awarded based on merit or need. Download and submit the Scholarship Application to be considered for additional tuition assistance.

Classes begin October 25,2016.

We are more than excited to spark the spirit of entrepreneurship in our county's students! You may know a student in grades 6 through 12 who is motivated and shows the potential to become an entrepreneur. If you would like to nominate a student or request an application, contact us by email at yea(at)schuylkillchamber.com. Applications are also available at the Schuylkill Chamber office.

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

Read more about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at www.yeausa.org

YEA! Schuylkill Gears Up for 2016-2017

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.

YEA! Schuylkill Class of 2017 Update

  • The first students in the Class of 2017 are being accepted! Apply now for your best chance of winning merit-based and need-based scholarship awards. Only 24 students will be enrolled. 
  • SCHOLARSHIP PARTNER: Full tuition to 2 Shenandoah Area residents attending public, private or parochial schools from Pam and Tom Twardzik!
  • SCHOLARSHIP PARTNER: Full tuition to a student attending the Pine Grove Area School District, from Pine Grove Area School District!
  • The first field trip is booked! On Tuesday, November 1, the YEA! Schuylkill Class of 2017 will travel to the program’s “Cool Field Trip” at Solar Innovations, Inc. to learn about being an entrepreneur. We will tour one of the most exciting manufacturing facilities in our region. 

Follow YEA! Schuylkill On Social Media

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
to see some of the exciting YEA! Events
and the businesses launched
by YEA! Schuylkill students! 

2016-2017 Sponsors

Local Champion Sponsor
West Family Charitable Trust

Innovation Partner
Ashland Technologies, Inc.
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.
M&T Bank
Mountain Valley Golf Course/MainStay Suites
Penn State Schuylkill
Schuylkill Economic Development Corp. - SEDCO
The Seltzer Group
W. Pace LLP, dba McDonald's Restaurants Pottsville
& Schuylkill Haven 

Premier Partner
Heim Construction Company, Inc.
R&J Transportation, Inc.
Sonny Fenstermacher
The Evans Network of Companies

Investor/Scholarship Partner
Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association
The Moss Family
Orwigsburg Area Business & Professional Assoc.
Pine Grove Area School District
Riverview Bank
Skook Products
Solar Innovations, Inc.
St. Clair & Associates, P.C.
Tom & Pam Twardzik
Tompkins VIST Bank

Supporting Partner
Alfred Benesch & Company
American Computer Associates, Inc.
Barefield Development Corporation
Boyer's Food Markets, Inc.
Carmelo's Roman Delight
Dunkin Donuts
Daniel & Joan Guers
Greg & Alicia Stewart
Hess Catering
Kenneth & Jeanne Porter
Rowlands and Pothering, CPAs
Schaeffer's Harley Davidson
The Gratz Bank


YEA! Upcoming Events

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy academic year begins on October 25, 2016 and ends with graduation on May 16, 2017. Classes meet every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 P.M. (which breaks during school holidays and recesses) at Penn State Schuylkill Campus. Exciting field trips are now being scheduled to expose students to interesting businesses and successful entrepreneurs as role models.



Field Trip

The first field trip is booked!
On Tuesday, November 1, the YEA! Schuylkill Class of 2017 will travel to the program’s “Cool Field Trip” at Solar Innovations, Inc. to learn about being an entrepreneur. We will tour one of the most exciting manufacturing facilities in our region.

Feedback and Testimonials

According to a 2016 YEA! USA survey, 63% of students from the YEA! Schuylkill Class feel they are MORE likely to become an entrepreneur after going through the YEA! program.

"YEA! was a wonderful program that I highly recommend to any teen interested in business. For me the program was my introduction to the business world, and gave me skills that I will remember and use forever."  
-Alex Albertini, PayDirt, Winner 2015 YEA! Schuylkill


"My son participated in the first YEA! Schuylkill class last year. This was an incredibly well organized program lead by highly motivated and dedicated people. It was great to see all the businesses that supported YEA! and the individuals who donated their time to advise and train the kids in this program."              
-John Albertini, AIS Consulting


"To succeed as an entrepreneur, "the biggest thing is the mindset and the will to keep pushing through." Having completed the YEA! program, now I know that "I definitely want to own my own business."    
-Darian Stripe, 2016 Saunders Scholar Winner