17 Students Closer to Becoming Entrepreneurs in YEA! Program


Students learn the process of starting and running a real business during the course of an academic year.

Seventeen students from Township High School District 211 were selected to participate in the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) class of 2013. This yearlong program is being held at Palatine High School and guides high school students through launching their own real business or social movement.

The program takes high school students through the process of starting and running a real business during the course of an academic year. It is sponsored by the Palatine Chamber of Commerce and is open to all High School District 211 students with those interested being encouraged to submit an application.

YEA! kicked off the year with new instructors John Udelhofen of Blue Star International, LLC, and Hank Sobotka of Palatine Bank & Trust. Students are given weekly instruction based on the course curriculum, and will be challenged with all components of starting a business off right, while learning from several local entrepreneurs and guest speakers. Students also take class field trips to businesses to see real-world application of their class studies. Class meets every Wednesday evening from October through May.

“We are overwhelmed by the support that YEA! is receiving from District 211 and our business community,” said Mindy Phillips, director of the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have 17 outstanding students participating in our YEA! program and more than 35 businesses volunteering their money, time, and expertise.”

If you want to learn more about how to become involved in YEA! as a mentor or volunteer, please contact Mindy Phillips at the Palatine Chamber 847-359-7200.