“From a business standpoint, I love seeing Nathan feel the pressure of a real-world situation,” John Smith said. “He has to meet deadlines, get his homework done. And I’ve watched him panic a little.”
The opportunity to meet business leaders and work with students who are also interested in becoming business owners has been a wonderful experience for his son, John Smith said.
In May, YEA students will showcase their businesses at a trade show and complete the program with a formal graduation. By then, Nathan Smith will have applied for patents for his invention to prevent smashed produce.
That means no more crushed bread, which would be meaningful to a lot of kids. According to the National Peanut Board, on average, a child will eat 1,500 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches before graduating from high school.
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More about the academy YEA was formed in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation. In 2008, it spun off as a not-for-profit corporation, launching local programs in colleges, universities and high schools around the country. Information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy in Madison County: Angela Barbosa, Madison County Chamber executive vice president, 642-0264, email@example.com. -- Traci Moyer