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Young Entrepreneurs Academy empowers students to create, pitch and launch their own real businesses or social movements

CASTLE ROCK - The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of Douglas County is a groundbreaking and exciting thirty-week program that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs.

Throughout the program, organized by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors for real funding, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed companies and social movements. 

Students are eligible to receive high school credit for their participation.  Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kauffman Foundation, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in communities across America.

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For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, please call 720.440.3726 or visit


Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Ice Cream & Info Session
The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce will host an informational meeting for students currently in grades 7-12, their families, and local business leaders about YEA!

The YEA! application will be available and attendees will learn about the structure, curriculum, and application process for the program. YEA! alumni may be on hand to share their experiences and talk about their successful business launches! Business leaders can learn how to get involved with YEA! as a mentor, guest speaker, field trip host, or even an investor! 

Sessions meet weekly in Castle Rock, follow the DCSD calendar and start after Fall Break on October 19.  The application window closes in September for the 2015-16 year. Class size limited.  Visit YEADC.COM for more information.

WHEN: Monday, August 24, 6:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
420 Jerry Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

WHO: Students Grades 7-12 and their families, as well as business leaders and interested community volunteers

This event is free and open to the public and organizers are asking for an RSVP to have plenty of ice cream for everyone!

Call 720-440-3726 to RSVP or email CastleRockYEA[at]gmail[dot]com

August 12, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: District, High School Education, Middle School Education, Schools

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DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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We want to hear from you! How often do you prefer to receive email newsletters from DCSD? How can we improve the news and information you receive? This brief survey should only take a minute or two of your time. Thank you for giving us your input!

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.