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We set out to create the course we wished we had when we were in high school and continue to develop programs so youth receive relevant educational experiences that evolve with the times.
YELL Entrepreneurship 12
Full year program designed for students in Grades 10-12
Students will receive a grade towards high school graduation and those in good standing will also be eligible to receive credit from partnered post-secondary institutions.
The YELL Entrepreneurship 12 program begins with students learning all the core concepts of lean entrepreneurship. YELL teachers cover topics including: design thinking, resiliency training, marketing, financial projections, Business Model Canvas, and more! A diverse selection of inspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders visit classes throughout the semester to share stories and advice to our budding innovators.
Local companies and maker labs participate in our YELL program so students can experience the world beyond the classroom and explore different career options. They learn about new technologies, tour unique office spaces and hear from industry professionals.
YELL students form groups, create a business venture together, identify and test assumptions, pivot businesses if necessary, and ultimately prove and validate their concept. Students learn to problem solve together and communicate effectively with their mentor who acts as their guide and a liaison between the team and the broader entrepreneurship community.
To wrap up the YELL program, classes across the province come together at our annual Venture Challenge. Student teams compete and present their business venture to a panel of judges made up of community members, entrepreneurs and investors. Think of the Venture Challenge as a Dragon’s Den type of experience!
Find a YELL Program near you?
YELL has created a variety of introductory programs designed for all high school grades to give students a glimpse into the world of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurial Thinking 1
This introductory two-week entrepreneurship program is designed for Grades 8-10. Teachers may choose to deliver to this program within Business 8, CLE 10 or similar courses. This program focuses on the 21st Century skills and tools to become a successful entrepreneur and student.
Entrepreneurial Thinking 2
This two week entrepreneurship program is designed for Grades 10-12. Teachers may choose to deliver this program within Entrepreneurship 10, CLE 10, Entrepreneurship 12 or similar courses. This course focuses on team-building skills and the knowledge required to start a sustainable business.
Don’t just take our word for it!
The YELL program gave me something other classes couldn’t: experience. YELL gives you an opportunity to not only learn about entrepreneurship, but also try it out and see what it’s like hands on.
The insights these students gain through YELL instill powerful lessons of hard work and strategic thinking. YELL is an important asset to the students and their community. I wish I’d had access to a program like this when I was younger, and certainly before I started my own business.
The value in YELL is infinite for youth today, as they leave high school and prepare for post-secondary options and careers. Students graduating from YELL programs are better prepared for the challenges outside of high school, having learned the tools to problem solve.
In an education system that has changed only a small amount over the last decade, the YELL program creates a unique opportunity for students to think outside of the box and come up with ideas.
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.
It’s hard to learn about the realities of entrepreneurship. We can help students to get a glimpse of it by taking them through the program and sharing our own experiences.