GlassRoots’ academic-year-long business and entrepreneurship programs are now collectively known as YES! Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit, and are offered either during the school day in our FLAME program, or as an after-school program.
GlassRoots' YES! programs are dedicated to nurturing and guiding the entrepreneurial spirit by teaching an academic-year long course on what it takes to create and maintain a business. GlassRoots’ mission is to provide programs that inspire young people to stay in school, to find their passion, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Students come from various backgrounds and schools in the greater Newark area to begin their journey as an entrepreneur.
YES! After School Program Over an academic year, participants receive approximately 22 hours of in-class instruction in basic business concepts as well as 33 hours of glassmaking instruction in GlassRoots’ three studios. There is also a service-learning component to the YES! program. Upon completion of the program, participants compete for prizes in GlassRoots' Annual Competition and Trade Fair.
To demonstrate comprehension of basic business skills students present and defend a PowerPoint presentation of their business plan to a panel of judges composed of local business, art and civic leaders.
Our YES! after-school class is designed for students in grades 9-12, and is held after school on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6:30pm. Watch a story about the YES program here.
Ten Full Scholarships Available for the 2021-22 School Year! *Ten full scholarships are available this year for Newark residents on a first come basis; financial aid is available to all other applicants. Click herefor the current year information and application form, which includes program start and end dates and tuition information. Click here for our financial aid form.