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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

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.