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YELL Canada's Entrepreneurship 12

YELL is a one-of-a-kind program that will help you develop the entrepreneurial skills to take on life after graduation, no matter what career path you choose to take. 


YELL (Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad), aka YELL Entrepreneurship 12, is a course for students interested in business, entrepreneurship, and innovation, or those just interested in learning more about how the world works and how to put their ideas into action.

This course is delivered in partnership with YELL Canada, a charity that partners with schools to enhance classroom learning, to open doors, and to create opportunities traditionally not available to youth.  In the course, you will hear from over a dozen guest speakers and leaders from the local community, featuring Q&A opportunities to ask the questions you want answered.  Teams of students will be matched with a mentor to guide them through the process of coming up with an innovative and world-changing business concept, and you will compete with students across the province in a venture competition hosted by YELL.

This course is based on university entrepreneurship programs as well as best practices from Silicon Valley.  You will learn how to develop and evaluate a business, build a personal network of business contacts, hone your creative and critical thinking, apply teamwork skills, and put your presentation skills to the test.  The applied experience you gain through the project will be extremely valuable for you as you apply to university and seek out a job.  Even if you do not plan to study business, learning how to think creatively and innovatively within the context of a business are skills that employers and universities are looking for.

Over 84% of students who have taken YELL say they made one or more connections with a mentor or leader with whom they plan to continue to stay in touch, and 81% say they are more confident in finding or creating a career that aligns with their purpose and passion.

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 Dates: September 20, 2023 (Wed) – May 22, 2024 (Wed)

  • Times: 4:00 – 8:00 pm every Wednesday night
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Continuing Education (9457 King George Boulevard, Surrey)

Registration is open to students entering grade 11 & 12 in September 2023 – you have to be 16 by July 1, 2023 to be considered for admission.  Students who successfully complete the course will receive credit for Entrepreneurship 12.   To apply, submit a one-page professional letter of application – similar to a letter of application to university – that includes the following:

  • Name
  • School
  • Email Address
  • Phone number
  • Birthdate
  • Why are you applying for the YELL program?
  • Tell us about yourself, eg. volunteer, work experience, achievements, etc.
  • Why do you think you should be chosen for this program?
  • Include the name and email address of a teacher reference
  • What grade are you entering in September 2023?

Email your application to Derek Strauss at before September 14, 2023.

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