YEA! Schuylkill Classes

YEA! Schuylkill Class of 2017

Reading Fightin Phils – May 2, 2017 Branding and Advertising.  Oh what a night it was!  The YEA! Schuylkill class of 2017 got a personal tour before the gates opened, and learned all about branding and advertising campaigns as presented by the exciting Reading Fightin Phils business team.  We stayed for the game, so students experienced the full effect of the spirit generated by one of our favorite local sports teams!

Knoebel’s Amusement Park and Resort – April 8, 2017   Students were fascinated to hear what it takes for family members and owners, Dick Knoebel and Brian Knoebel, to operate their family business.  They shared their heart-warming stories about the early days of Knoebel’s Park when it was only a swimming hole on the family farm in the 1920’s.  It doesn’t get much better for a field trip in the industry of Fun and Entertainment, as students learned how the park has grown and earned many awards and designations for this unique and popular resort. 

Schuylkill County Courthouse – April 4, 2017 – Always a highlight, the tour of our courthouse unfolded with our dedicated government officials rolling out the red carpet for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy!  Spearheaded by Commissioner Gary Hess and lead by Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffney, students took a detailed tour of our historic court house and met with nearly every government official!   

The YEA! field trip to a Food Franchise was a big hit in November 2016!  YEA! students went behind the scenes of the golden arches of McDonald’s in Pottsville.  This newly rebuilt restaurant was impressive to students as they spent time touring and talking with entrepreneur, Wayne Pace and Shawn Raup-Konsavage.

On Tuesday, November 1, the YEA! Schuylkill Class of 2017 travelled to the program’s “Cool Field Trip” at Solar Innovations, Inc. to learn about being an entrepreneur. We spoke with CEO and founder, Greg Header, and toured one of the most exciting manufacturing facilities in our region. 

Photo above courtesy of Republican-Herald


Students in Schuylkill County's Young Entrepreneurs Academy - YEA! Schuylkill - had some help in developing their business ideas from a member of Google's interactive team. Kent Eisenhuth, Philadelphia, a 2002 graduate of Blue Mountain High School, hosted the class at Penn State Schuylkill to help the students turn their ideas into successful business models. Eisenhuth said he enjoys working with students. "Helping students with their ideas, that's the most fun part," he said. "There are definitely a few ideas that can be pretty cool. It's really exciting to see all the students at this age interested in developing products and opportunities," he said. "They are also learning other skills that are important in life, networking."

Jason Bower, Dunkin Donuts, speaks to the students regarding franchising as they visited the Dunkin Donuts Route 61 location. The students were able to tour the "back scenes" of the store, learning about the specifics of how to make a donut. Lessons on working with others, hiring and management were all part of the experience.

The YEA! Schuylkill Students went on a field trip to Ashland Technologies, Inc. in Hegins. Ashland Technologies, Inc. is a leading contract manufacturer of machines and fabricated parts. Ash-Tec CEO, John Powers, took the students on a tour of the facility and explained how they take a concept and turn it into reality.

CEO Roundtable Event held Thursday, February 11, 2016

The CEO Roundtable is an opportunity for the students to meet CEO’s and ask questions. Each CEO will be introduced by our MC John Powers, Ashland Technologies, Inc. The questions from the students will vary, but a general idea of what they will be asking is in the following list. Questions may be addressed to everyone, or to an individual.

The students will arrive with prepared questions for the panel. They will be somewhat scripted to ask the questions listed above as well as those that occur as a result of the discussion. John Powers will make sure each of the students is asking questions, each of the panelists has an opportunity to answer and he keep the discussion moving and lively. The floor will be open to the entire audience if time permits and the event allows.

Investor Panel Event held Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Student entrepreneurs took the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience. The students dressed as young professionals, and wowed the crowd and investors with their businesses.

Darian Stripe, Ygeia Naturals, was the Saunders Scholar winner and will go on to the regional competition in Rochester, NY. The investors for the event were: Dr. Kelly Austin, Penn State Schuylkill; Karen Kenderdine, West Family Charitiable Trust; John Albertini, AIS Consulting; Jeff O'Neill, M&T Bank; Roy Heim, Heim Construction Co., Inc.; John Powers, Ashland Technologies; Dr. Darcy Medica, Penn State Schuylkill; Bob Seltzer, The Seltzer Group and Kim Lorimer, The Evans Network of Companies.

Trade Show held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Fairlane Village Mall

Students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy were at the Fairlane Village Mall Saturday, April 23, 2016 to turn their bright ideas into dollars.

Photos above courtesy of Republican Herald.

Graduation held April 27, 2016

The YEA! Schuylkill graduating Class of 2016! Congrats future business leaders!

National Semi-Finals Competition held May 6, 2016

Darian Stripe ,Ygeia Naturals, presents her business at the National YEA! Competition in Rochester, New York.

Darian was a semi-finalist. YEA! Schuylkill is so proud of all of their students!

Skook Products is Open for Business

YEA! Schuylkill Graduate Collin Felty, Skook Products, is open for business! If you drink anything out of a square container, you need one of these for in your vehicle. Product is for sale at Mystic Screen Printing & Embroidery in Pottsville.


Local Champion Sponsor
West Family Charitable Trust

Innovation Partner

M&T Bank

PSU Schuylkill


Evans Network of Companies

R&J Tours

Ryon Insurance

Riverview Bank

DG Yuengling & Son

Premier Partner
Sonny Fenstermacher


Investor Partner


Scholarship Partner
Tom & Pam Twardzik

Schuylkill Conservation District

Barefield Development

Pine Grove Area School District

Solar Innovations

Moss Family

Pottsville Rotary

Orwigsburg Lions

Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association

Orwigsburg Business & Professional Association

County Commissioners

Karen Kenderdine