GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Often times, kids have lemonade stands in order to learn about budgeting and running a business. But some local students have done much more than that. Through a unique program, they have created their own product and set up a fully functioning business in less than a year.
The program is called the "Young Entrepreneurs Academy" run through the Chamber of Commerce. Through this course, students in middle and high school can learn how to set up their own companies and market a unique product, all by only meeting for three hours a week.
Those who have started their own business understand how challenging it can be to come up with an original idea, and then market it. Now imagine doing that when you have just started middle school.
Madison Hawkins is only 12, but last year, she created her own company, "Euphoria Calm Space". She was able to turn her dreams into a reality after enrolling in the "Young Entrepreneurs Academy", or, "YEA!", through the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. YEA! Is open to middle and high schoolers wishing to learn more about the world of entrepreneurship.
YEA! uses members of the community as guest speakers and mentors to teach kids skills used in creating their own product, and running a company. For example, Madi's product uses a kit including a tent, stress balls, and cards in order to coach kids through their anxiety. She says she was inspired to start "Euphoria" after working through her own anxiety and stress. Madi is just one of many students enrolled in YEA across the U.S who have seen their dreams turn into reality.
YEA! Is now taking applications for their 2018 - 2019 year. Those interested should either contact Darcy Weir with the Chamber directly, or look for the application on the GJ Chamber's website by Saturday, September 15th.
Link to application: https://gjchamber.org/young-entrepreneurs-academy-yea