The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a national program that prepares middle and high school students to pursue entrepreneurial ambitions. The program provides the students with insight into the business world by connecting them with mentors and leaders from the business community. Locally, Henderson Ford, a decade-long supporter and contributor to this program, takes pride in the dealership’s continued commitment to work with Webster Central School District students.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy was started in 2004 by Gayle Jagel, who was the director of the Office of Special Programs at the University of Rochester. Henderson Ford is one of the original investors in the program and has been contributing as an adviser for the past ten years.
Jagel stated, “It has been my honor to work with Mr. Randy Henderson and the staff at Henderson Ford over the last ten years with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Randy is not only a legendary entrepreneur but a man who gives selflessly of his time and energy to others. What an impact, Randy and the dealership have made on YEA! students as mentors, guest speakers, competition judges, and supporters.”
Henderson Ford has been with YEA! throughout the program expansion, working closely with the students of the Webster Central School District. The Webster YEA! is run by instructors Mary Pat Guinane (Webster Schroeder High School) and Scott Deuschle (Webster Thomas High School). The program teaches students to take a look at their business strategy and write a business plan, make pitches to investors, gain funding, develop and manage media campaigns, establish web presence, and go to trade shows. Students are able to own and operate formed businesses after graduation. The Webster Central School District program has graduated more than 147 YEA students, launched 83 businesses, and financed more than $54,600 in startup funds for YEA! businesses.
Henderson Ford President Randy Henderson stated, “These are young and talented students. Their early-life ambitions are quite remarkable. It is an honor to be able to assist in the professional development of these eager and blossoming entrepreneurs. We look forward to their future impact on our local business community.”
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy works with middle and high school students (ages 11-18). The national program reaches thousands of students, in over 100 communities, across 34 states. To learn more, please visit: https://yeausa.org/