The Young Entrepreneurs Academy at Rhinebeck High School

The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new program to be held after school at Rhinebeck High School.  The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, teaches students between 11 and 18 years old how to start and run their own business or non-profit organization. 

YEA! provides students with introductions to local entrepreneurs and business leaders; exciting field trips to businesses for a behind-the-scenes experience; meetings with attorneys, accountants, marketing professionals, graphic designers, manufacturers, internet specialists, and more.  All of the resources that students need to start their own businesses are provided—students just need the drive, motivation and enthusiasm to make it happen!

Students will prepare a real business plan and pitch their plan to investors for funding.  Think “Shark Tank” meets “The Apprentice”— YEA! teaches students how to embrace their passion, live their dream, and change the world.

Information will be available at the high school and middle school open houses.  Applications will be accepted until October 10, 2012 and are available in both the high school and middle school Guidance Offices.  Accepted students will be notified no later than October 25, 2012.

Details :The program will be held Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, beginning on November 6 and ending on May 28.  A college scholarship competition takes place in May.  Students enrolled in YEA! compete for college scholarships in the Saunders Scholars Bright Ideas Business Plan Competition.  There will not be meetings during school breaks or on holidays. 

If you would like your son or daughter to apply, or hear more about YEA!, call Colleen Cruikshank at Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce, 876-5904,, or  go to to download an application. 


Colleen Cruikshank

Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce