Young Entrepreneurs Academy 
YEA! Jan 2024 - June 2024   


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SCEDC brings (YEA) to South County San DiegoHigh School Students Encouraged to Apply!

South County EDC Members,

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming launch of the inaugural class of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in South County, brought to you by the South County Economic Development Council (South County EDC). This incredible program is designed to empower high school students to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality by launching
and owning their very first businesses. 

We recognize that you have a keen eye for identifying students with exceptional potential and the drive to succeed. We are seeking your assistance in pinpointing those students who would greatly benefit from this program. Your recommendations are invaluable to us, and we trust that your insights will help us select the most promising young entrepreneurs for this incredible opportunity.

To provide more information about the YEA program to your students and their families, we have attached a brochure link that outlines the program's key features and benefits. We encourage you to share this brochure with your students, have them discuss the opportunity with their families, and if the program aligns with their aspirations, invite them to apply.

To Register a Student: Download the student application here and submit it to the following email:

Here's a glimpse of the program:

Expert Mentorship
Our students will receive invaluable guidance and mentorship from local business leaders with diverse areas of expertise. This mentorship will be instrumental in helping them navigate the entrepreneurial landscape.

Business Planning
The program will equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to create a solid business plan, laying the foundation for their ventures.

Navigating Regulations
We will assist students in understanding and obtaining the necessary permits and licenses required for their businesses.

Pitching Skills
Young entrepreneurs will receive training on how to effectively pitch their business ideas, a critical skill for attracting investors and customers.

Access to Funding
YEA! will provide opportunities for students to seek startup funding, helping them turn their ideas into profitable ventures.
We believe that our business community plays a crucial role in nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs right here in South County. There are numerous ways you can get involved and support these talented young individuals:

Consider becoming a mentor to one of our YEA! students, sharing your wisdom and experiences.

If you have expertise in a specific area of business, you can volunteer to teach a class to our young entrepreneurs.

For those interested in financially investing in the success of our students, we have attached a sponsorship packet with more details.

Stay tuned for additional communication next week, where we will provide information on other involvement opportunities. If you're unsure about how you or your team can contribute, please don't hesitate to reach out to our team, and we'll be delighted to help you find the perfect fit.

At the South County EDC, we are committed to providing opportunities and possibilities for all our residents, ensuring a bright future for our communities. Join us in shaping the next generation of business leaders and innovators right here in South County!

Thank you for your support and dedication to fostering entrepreneurship in our community.  


To sponsor or inquire about how to get involved with the (YEA!) Program please fill out form below. 

You can also contact Jim O’Callaghan at 619.424.5143 or email

SCEDC Contact info

710 E. 16th St 


National City , CA 91951

P: (619) 424-5143