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Tucson, AZ -The Tucson Unified School District is offering scholarships to middle and high school students to be a part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) this fall. Scholarships will be awarded to 24 of the most qualified candidates and will learn how to start and run their own, real businesses. The Tucson Unified School District has offered each accepted student $850.00 towards their $949.00 tuition cost.

YEA!, sponsored by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and hosted at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business, is an innovative program that transforms students into real entrepreneurial successes. To date, 3,172 new businesses have been launched by YEA! students, with over 4,000 graduates. YEA! operates in over 100 communities in 38 states across the country. YEA! students have been featured onGood Morning America,Shark Tank and CNBC.

“The Chamber is thrilled to be partnering with the Tucson Unified School District and the University of Arizona, two respected institutions of education. This collaboration is giving local students a chance to participate in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and we are grateful for their support and belief in YEA!,” says Lea Marquez Peterson, President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m excited to give the Young Entrepreneurs Academy students an opportunity to start their future now, and from this opportunity we will be able to do great things throughout our community and for the YEA! program,” said Stephanie Bermudez, Program Manager for the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Foundation YEA! program.

“We feel lucky to be able to instill the spirit of entrepreneurship within our local students,” says Charles Mccollum “We believe in providing the means to encourage these young students to embrace their creativity and passions. We hope that empowering them at such a young age will inspire them to do even greater things in the future.”

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students between the ages of 11 and 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims to teach students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job.

YEA! Is currently accepting applications for the 16-17’ YEA! Tucson class hosted at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management. Classes begin in the fall of 2016 and meet once a week after school on MONDAY from 4:00PM – 7:00PM from Oct 2016 through May 2017. Class does not meet during school breaks or holiday recess. Tuition for the year is $945.00 and includes materials, books, supplies, and field trip transportation. Scholarships are available to all TUSD students who apply for the program. Application deadline is September 30, 2016. Students are encouraged to apply early.

To apply, please fill out and submit the attached YEA! Student Application or apply online using the link here:

Upon the submission of your application, a personal interview will be scheduled. For more information, please visit our website or contact us directly by emailing or by calling 520-257-0661.

Tucson Hispanic Chamber Foundation
The Tucson Hispanic Chamber Foundation was founded in 1999 and is organized to promote and advance the general welfare and prosperity of the Hispanic community in Arizona and support economic development programs in the Arizona – Northern Mexico region. The Foundation is affiliated with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate chambers. The Hispanic chambers represent over 1800 businesses in our bilingual and bicultural region.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a 501(C) 3 offering groundbreaking year-long classes that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own businesses. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for startup funds, and launch and run their own, fully formed companies and social movements. The project-based program empowers students to take charge of their futures.

Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA! today serves thousands of students nationwide. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.

YEA! bridges the business and educational communities to fulfill its mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! is made possible by The Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. For more information, visit

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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