Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.: Young Entrepeneurs Project (YEP)

Lucy Bayard
617-727-7440, ext 27331
800-322-2020 (TTY)
Website

PROJECT NAME: Young Entrepeneurs Project (YEP)
PROJECT LOCATION: Western Massachusetts
ADMINISTERING ORGANIZATION:
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. (PYD), which empowers youth with physical, sensory and learning disabilities to reach their personal, educational and career goals by providing one-toone and group mentoring programs where adult mentors with disabilities act as positive role models and provide support, understanding and guidance.
CONTACT:

Lucy Bayard
617-727-7440, ext 27331
800-322-2020 (TTY)
Website
FUNDING SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy
POPULATION SERVED: Youth with disabilities between the ages of 14-24
SERVICE TYPE: YEP is a business program for high school students with learning, sensory and/or physical disabilities. Students and alumni are encouraged to further their exploration of career, educational and business pursuits with the help of adult mentors.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Established in 1992, YEP provides youth with an opportunity to learn to plan for their financial future through the motivating lessons of YEP staff, guest speakers and mentors as well as on field trips that are designed to provide real world business experiences. YEP’s exciting business course is based on the curriculum of the internationally acclaimed National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. YEP is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical program that takes participants through the entire process of starting a small business. Students who are interested in building on the expertise first developed in the classroom are offered the opportunity to be matched with mentors whose business or professional backgrounds correspond to their goals for the future.