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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms local high school students into confident entrepreneurs, ready to turn their passions into reality. At the end of the academic year-long program, students pitch their business ideas at a local level for an opportunity to compete in the semifinal and final competitions in New York & Washington D.C. This year, the Lyles Center will serve 6 classes from 5 high schools, in 3 different school districts. Approximately 150 students will be participating.

For more information on YEA!, browse through the YEA! website.



The following schools are currently offering YEA! programs and classes to their students:

High Schools:

Are you looking for rewarding community service hours? Are you a business major looking for exposure in entrepreneurship? Volunteer with Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!)


There are a number of ways to volunteer with Fresno State's Young Entrepreneurs Academy. We have In-Class competitions at local high schools along with a Finals Competition at our Fresno State campus. Please see below for more details or to volunteer.


In-Class Competitions

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High school students are getting the chance to share their business plans and ideas. This is a great opportunity for college students to utilize skills to analyze and judge business plans. If you are interested in volunteering for our In-Class competitions, click here!


Finals Competition

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Bullard, Central West, McLane, Roosevelt, and Reedley Middle College High Schools all have an opportunity to compete for a chance to win monetary awards and a trip to the New York Nationals! With your help, you can change the life of a young Entrepreneur and give them the chance of a lifetime! If you are interested in volunteering for our Finals Competition, click here!