Championed by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, YEA! Phoenix teaches students to create, plan, pitch and fund a real for-profit or nonprofit business venture. It is year-long program open to high school students in the Phoenix Valley.
The program was launched in Phoenix in 2013, and it part of a nationwide initiative. The Chamber sponsors YEA! Phoenix because the organization believes the pipeline of students interested in pursuing higher education can be cultivated at the front-end via the AZHCC’s sponsorship of the Youth Entrepreneurs Academy.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a life-changing program that positively impacts the entire community. From exciting local business guest lecturers to dynamic field trips to local companies, students learn how to develop and run a real enterprise in a fun, projects-based approach.
A National Partnership
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in 168 communities across America.
YEA! Phoenix is funded in part by the Arizona Lottery and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
College Success Arizona
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce partner, College Success Arizona, provides a unique combination of scholarships and mentoring that increase college graduation rates among low-income and first-generation students across the state. CSA does this by providing a wide range of support services, building partnerships with college access programs and scholarship programs, raising the awareness of the importance of college completion, and through the support of more than 200 college access and success organizations throughout the state.
College Success Arizona Statistics, as of 9/1/17
- Students Currently in Program: 840
- Total Students Awarded to Date: 1,287
- Value of Services Provided and Scholarship Dollars Distributed: $16.7 million
- Graduates Produced: 381
- 6 year Graduation Rate: 67%
- Freshman Retention Rate: 89%
- Overall Retention Rate: 72%
- First Generation College Students: 70%
The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with College Success Arizona.