Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Aug 08, 2018
Darcy Weir, Madison Hawkins
Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Topic: The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a year-long program that teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own REAL businesses. YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester in 2004 with the support of a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. The Grand Junction Area Chamber is excited to bring YEA! to Grand Junction and Mesa County! 

Bio: Running YEA! In Grand Junction is Darcy Weir, the newest member of the Chamber team.  She serves as both the Workforce Development Coordinator and the YEA! manager. As such, Darcy works to cultivate relationships with businesses, industry groups, nonprofit and community-based organizations to be actively involved in meaningful relationships that benefit students, teachers and schools, and in doing so providing for a stronger workforce for the Valley.

Bio: Participating in YEA! And presenting today is Madison Hawkins, a 12 year entering the seventh Grade at Fruita Middle School.  Her idea  of Euphoria is a product to help adults and kids calm down.  Madison has struggled with anxiety and emotional regulation her whole life.  It has cost her family a lot of time and money trying to find something to help.  Madison learned a lot about how the brain works and calming strategies.  She developed a ready-to-use kit for kids to address this challenge.