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LAURINBURG — Fundraising for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program, run by the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce, received a boost recently with a contribution of $1,500 from AT&T.

Scotland County Commissioner Chairman Guy McCook joined John Lyon, AT&T’s regional director of External Affairs, in presenting the contribution to Tonia Stephenson, chamber president, and Renee Jones, the YEA! program manager.

“The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is not only a wonderful tool to teach students about business, but also is a great way to build confident leaders with values,” said McCook. “It is an excellent instrument to unify the business and educational communities. I personally served as one of the business mentors when the program was implemented a few years ago and can attest to the positive impact the program has had on the youth in our community.”

The YEA! National program was founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation. YEA! today serves hundreds of students in communities across America. In 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became national sponsors and partners.

“YEA! continues to expand across the country to fulfill the national mission of teaching students how to make a job, not just take a job,” Stephenson said. “The YEA! program teaches our teens the basics of how to create their own company. They are instructed in how to put together a marketing plan, create financial statements and most importantly to create an overall business plan. They then pitch their plan to a panel of local business leaders who have put up real money to invest in these young entrepreneurs’ companies … .”

Lyons said the program meshes well with the company’s outreach efforts.

“AT&T has a long-standing commitment to embracing a wide variety of educational initiatives, with an emphasis on programs which make a real difference in helping students stay in school, graduate and prepare for success in life,” Lyon said.

For information about the YEA! program, contact Renee Jones at the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-276-7420 or rjones@laurinburgchamber.com.

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