Entrepreneurialism is at the forefront of the Saint Andrew’s Upper School curriculum. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA), established by Boca Chamber’s Education Foundation, is the perfect vehicle for Scots to pursue unique ideas both inside and out of the classroom.
YEA! is open to students across the area in grades 6-12, and is run out of the Dr. Albert Cohen Center for Entrepreneurial Studies here at Saint Andrew’s School - making it especially convenient for Scots.
Once enrolled in YEA!, students are empowered to tap into their biggest and brightest ideas and turn them into a reality beginning in September and ending in May. Classes meet weekly, on Wednesday nights from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Applications are due by September 15, 2019. Click to apply to YEA!.
Two Scots, Eladia Michaels ‘21 and Cameron Newman ‘22, have experienced first-hand what it means to bring a business idea to life on the Saint Andrew’s campus through YEA!
Over the course of 30 weeks, both Eladia and Cameron took part in the YEA! program, which landed them the opportunity of a lifetime -- to use their original ideas and voices to become entrepreneurs and generate fully operating businesses.
“The Young Entrepreneurs Academy was, for me, a truly life-changing experience. I learned the skills of a team leader, conquered my fear of public speaking, and most importantly - I learned how to be an emerging entrepreneur,” said Eladia.
The program, which focuses mainly on innovative ideas, creativity, and academic effort, gives students the opportunity to work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry and educators. Throughout the course, participants develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch to potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, and build their brand identity.
When Cameron first learned of the program, he was unsure if it would be the right fit for him. But, after joining YEA! he quickly learned the benefit. “I was thoroughly shocked as Young Entrepreneurs Academy greatly exceeded all my expectations,” said Cameron.
“What I thought would be a lecture and notes in a traditional classroom turned out to be just the opposite. In an interactive, engaging, interesting, and individualized format, our experienced mentors bestowed their knowledge of business, entrepreneurship, and social interaction.”
Through the program, both Eladia and Cameron had the opportunity to visit businesses, meet with successful professionals, and even pitch their ideas to a panel of real, potential buyers. Through this experience, they learned the necessary steps of developing a business, pitching the idea, and taking the business from the ground up.
With a mission to nurture each student in mind, body, and spirit, Saint Andrew’s School’s Entrepreneurial program connects well with the goals of the YEA! and the opportunities it presents for the SA community of learners in the Middle School and Upper School.
“I think Saint Andrews students should join the YEA! program because it is an incredible opportunity that they really shouldn’t miss out on,” said Eladia.
Eladia enrolled in YEA! because she saw how happy her dad was with being an Entrepreneur. “This inspired me to take it a step further and try to create a business of my own. Little did I know, that I would find my passion in this program,” added Eladia.
Do you have a business idea that energizes you? Are you eager to change the world as the next new Entrepreneur? The YEA! program, sponsored and hosted by Saint Andrew’s School, gives Scots just like Eladia and Cameron fantastic opportunities. WIth YEA, Scots can embrace passions, show creativity, and bring talents as they launch new exciting ventures.