Arlington student-entrepreneurs

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce's 2015 crop of participants in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) recently gathered to begin a year of study and collaboration. (Arlington Chamber photo)

Twenty middle- and high-school students will participate in the 2015-16 session of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), sponsored by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

The program accepts students ranging in age from 11 to 18 years old for a 28-week course held at Marymount University 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,” Arlington Chamber of Commerce president Kate Roche said.

“We look forward to seeing what these students will accomplish,” Roche said.

Participants include Alex Yu of Rachel Carson Middle School; Christopher Goodhand and Lee Keller of Commonwealth Academy; Dylan Cunningham and Rose McGough of Washington-Lee High School; Elias Miller of Swanson Middle School; Jack Ogden, Jill Maisel, Mark Yates, Melanie Hanclich and Ryan Huaman of Yorktown High School; John Medina of T.C. Williams High School; Kyle Billingslea of Bishop Ireton High School; Laura Canseco of Holton-Arms School; Maxwell Fortney of H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program; Michael Freeman II of Robinson Secondary School; Nino Lovo-Ochoa of Wakefield High School; Quincy Box of Gunston Middle School; Ryan Medina of Francis C. Hammond Middle School; and Xavier Colbert of Brooke Point High 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. Locally, the initiative is sponsored by Marymount University and TMI 2.0 Inc.

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