The Youth Enterprise Academy, a program of the Hammond Development Corporation, fosters young entrepreneurs through real entrepreneurial experiences for kids ranging from middle school to high school age. The students collaborate on real entrepreneurial projects that enable them to earn money as student businesses. They gain professional management experience by operating their business in all areas of budget, production, product design, and marketing. The YEA meets monthly on Saturday but also extends its business operations to student internships.
There are several objectives of this program that benefit both the participants and community: