Amelia Sindelar (left) and Sophie-Grace Segraves (right)

University View Academy (UVA) high schoolers Amelia Sindelar (tenth grade) and Sophie-Grace Segraves (ninth grade) have been accepted into the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) of Baton Rouge for the 2023-24 school year.

YEA is a rigorous program that allows students to launch their own businesses. Under instruction from LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, participants can graduate from the YEA with three LSU credits, network with Baton Rouge entrepreneurs and business leaders, and file their enterprises with the Secretary of State’s office.

YEA has a demanding application process that includes writing two essays, obtaining a recommendation letter, and participating in an interview. Sindelar and Segraves stood out among over 85 other applicants.

Sindelar started UVA in eighth grade and shared that the flexible environment has given her more time to develop her business plan. “I never thought I would start a business, and here I am,” she said. “UVA freed up my schedule and lets me do other things. I wanted more time to be me.”

The mission of University View Academy is to understand, engage, and empower each unique student for a career, for college, and beyond. UVA is proud of both Sindelar and Segraves for engaging in this entrepreneurial opportunity that will empower them to be future ready.

Stay tuned – both students will unveil their ideas when they pitch their personal business plans to a panel for seed funding. We wish them luck in their endeavors!

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