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The Youth Entrepreneurship Academy (YEA) is a unique program for Hampton Roads youth developed by Visions of Truth Community Development Corporation (VOTCDC), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

VOTCDC is passionate about providing non- traditional educational opportunities in interactive ways that engage and challenge youth, while reinforcing learning. The Youth Entrepreneurship Academy provides the positive programmatic tools needed to expose students to and guide them through the disciplines, values and business acumen needed to help put them on the path to success.


The Youth Entrepreneurship Academy was developed to provide an educational experience to students throughout the City of Portsmouth, Virginia to increase the number of vulnerable young people succeeding in high school, postsecondary education and training, and the labor market; decrease disparities along key indicators for racial minorities, low income, foster and court involved youth.

Here's How the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy Works

The Youth Entrepreneurship Academy is a free program available to Portsmouth Public School District students in grades 7-12. The program offers coursework in math, English/language arts, science and social studies, all of which are carefully aligned with Virginia state standards to ensure that all students receive rigorous instruction that will result in academic achievement.

YEA's curriculum is based on a solid model developed by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) which has a proven track record of success in changing the attitudes and career aspirations of middle and high school students.

In addition to its core academic program, YEA offers entrepreneurship education utilizing curriculum developed by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which has proven effective for more than 280,000 young people across the country. The unique features of YEA include:

Youth Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Job Readiness Curriculum