THE FIRST UNIFIED EFFORT TO BRING MENTOR - BASED ENTREPRENEURSHIP & LEADERSHIP EDUCATION TO HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS CANADA
YELL commences with weekly classes in the Fall followed by project work in the Winter and a venture challenge in the Spring.
Students will be inspired by the personal stories and contrasting experiences of accomplished entrepreneurs. Business Accelerator includes weekly session covering one of several business topics. Each class is broken into three parts: Instruction, Workshop and a Guest Speaker.
The Idea Incubator phase turns to focus on student solutions to real world problems. Once a concept is adopted, the team is matched with a lead mentor from the business community. Through the guidance and advice of their mentors, teams will develop a viable business plan for their concepts.
The program culminates in a Venture Challenge in each of the districts. Each team will present their business plans to a qualified panel of investors. As YELL expands across districts a provincial business plan competition will be developed.
Jo-Anne McKeeAthletic Director, Business & English Teacher / West Vancouver Secondary School
"Through YELL, students have had the opportunity to engage in personally meaningful ways with local entrepreneurs, and potential future mentors. It's an invaluable educational experience that has had an impact on each and every student this past year."
Chris KennedySuperintendent of Schools / West Vancouver School District
“Yell is a wonderful opportunity for students to connect to mentors in the community. The program helps take the theoretical of school, and make it practical. It has quickly become a marque program in our district.”