For the last three years, Newark Regional Business Partnership has sponsored and operated the Newark Young Entrepreneur's Academy (Newark YEA!) program. Designed to educate business minded youth and young adults about what it takes to actually start and run their own business, Newark YEA! has transformed multiple Newark middle and high school students into genuine, confident entrepreneurs. Through the 21-week program, students generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own companies.
As a student who is pursuing a career in business, participating in Newark YEA! was a great way to learn how to do what I love, which is making clothes. I have always been interested in fashion and have made some items in the past so when I heard the news of an after-school program that caters to youth and helps them create and launch their own businesses I was elated and couldn’t wait to apply. Being a part of this program has taught me how a business actually operates. I learned how to calculate gross profit, labor costs etc... Things I wasn't learning in school.
I joined the Newark YEA! program with the mindset of just creating my business, I didn't think that I would be selected to go to the Saunders Scholars Competition in Rochester, NY to represent the program and the city of Newark.