2015-16 YEA Group PhotoSOMERSET, KY – Twenty middle- and high-school students will participate in the 2015-16 session of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), sponsored by the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.

The program accepts students ranging in age from 11 to 18 years old for a 25-week course held at Somerset Community College in conjunction with local business and civic leaders and educators.
As part of the program, participants will develop business ideas and objectives, and make pitches to investors.

“The program offers numerous opportunities for business leaders to share their experience and talents with these budding entrepreneurs, providing the students with high-level professional mentoring while building their entrepreneurial spirit,” Chamber of Commerce president Bobby Clue said.
“We look forward to seeing what these students will accomplish,” Clue said.

Participants include Morgan Daniels, Blake Lanham, Adrian Poland, Colby Thacker, Jacob Raikes and John R. Dalton of Southwestern High School; Austin Calhoun of Somerset High School; Maddie Dudley of Science Hill School; Paige Daniels and Gabriella Rowe of Southern Middle School; and Evie Eastham and Josh Stegman of the Pulaski County Home School.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy national program was founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, and today serves communities across the nation.