The Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP) is an award-winning, innovative curriculum that introduces young people to entrepreneurship through hands-on experience and project-based learning.
By teaching participants how to turn their innovative ideas into viable businesses, the program focuses on developing participant's entrepreneurial mindset and soft skills. These core competencies are critical to persona and professional success.
If you’re under 25 and are interested in entrepreneurship, this is for you!
The 14-week fall session focuses on exploring concepts related to entrepreneurship and exploring business ideas and opportunities. Any Champaign County high school student is welcome to attend. Each session you attend earns you a chance to win cool prizes.
The fall session is designed to prepare students for the 12-week spring accelerator program that culminates in a pitch competition the first Sunday in May. Participants have the opportunity to win up to $5000 in seed funding and prizes to support their next steps in business and personal development. Those interested in participating are encouraged to apply online.
Meets Mondays from 5:30–7 pm.
For those who have completed high school and are passionate about finding solutions to big problems, YEP is now offering a social impact accelerator program, Innovators 4 Impact.
In this intensive 12-week program, participants will learn how to create sustainable social organizations through innovative thinking, iterative development cycles, and human-centered design. Whether you're interesting in learning how to start and run a nonprofit, building a startup committed to social good, or creating a grassroots movement to inspire collective action, Innovators 4 Impact is for you!
Meets Mondays from 7:30–9 pm.