The Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

What do Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Learn?

YES! high school students participating in the program learn to develop a business plan and the skills needed to start their own business.

YES! students receive valuable hands-on experience while learning how to start their own business. They receive business start-up tools, including the nationally acclaimed National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) curriculum and related business supplies.

YES! students participate in field trips to various wholesale markets, where they use start-up capital to purchase merchandise for resale in their school stores and trade shows.

YES! culminates in a business plan competition at the end of the school year at Springfield Technical Community College, where cash prizes are awarded to the individuals with the most feasible plans.

YES! is much like a basic MBA course, combining reading, writing, math and verbal skills. With these fundamentals, YES! program students relate better to others, thus strengthening their self-esteem and sense of purpose. Such qualities are essential for securing good employment and succeeding in the world of business.

YES! students who determine starting a business is not feasible will find jobs easier because they understand how entrepreneurs think and how small business operates.

Who is Eligible for Young Entrepreneurial Scholars?

Any area high school which determines the importance of integrating entrepreneurship education into its curriculum is eligible for participation in the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars program. Over a thousand students in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut are currently participating each year in the YES! program. The schools are noted on the back panel. If you don't see your school listed, please contact the Entrepreneurial Institute to speak with a YES! program director.

How to Get Involved in Young Entrepreneurial Scholars

Business educators at 25 area high schools are able to participate through STCC's Entrepreneurial Institute in a week-long training seminar held at Babson College and in teacher support meetings throughout the year. Area entrepreneurs can participate in the YES! program through in-class presentations discussing their experiences in starting and growing their own business.

To enroll as a high school student, simply contact the Entrepreneurial Institute to speak with a YES! program director to determine the specific requirements for participation.

Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Affiliations

The following is a partial listing of schools that have participated:

Agawam High School ● Amherst Regional High School ● Career and Technical Education Center ● Chicopee Comprehensive High School ● Chicopee High School ● Easthampton High School ● Enfield High School ● EYE Program, STCC ● Gandara House ● High School of Commerce ● High School of Science and Technology ● Longmeadow Senior High School ● Ludlow High School ● Minnechaug Regional High School ● Monson High School ● Monument Mountain Regional High School ● Northampton High School ● Pathways to Technology High School ● Putnam Vocational High School ● Quaboag Regional High School ● Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School ● Southwick-Tolland Regional High School ● Sport & Medical Sciences Academy ● Springfield Central High School ● Virtual High School ● West Springfield High School, Westfield Vocational High School ● Westover Job Corps

Contact Information

Diane Sabato
Assistant Professor
Business Administration
Springfield Technical Community College
One Armory Square, Ste. 1
P.O. Box 9000
Springfield, MA 01102-9000