Youth Executive Leadership Program and the importance of entrepreneurial education

By Tanya Manocha


Tanya Manocha and Rachel Georgian are providing underrepresented students with key entrepreneurial skills through their organization Youth Executive Leadership Program.



Youth Executive Leadership Program (YELP) was founded by Tanya Manocha and Rachel Georgian who are 2 juniors from Houston. The objective of YELP is to provide students in underrepresented areas with leadership, teamwork, and public speaking skills through workshops and various projects. The aim is to equip young people at an early age with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. The plan is to also tap into the knowledge base and the experience of influential people across various industries to define what makes a leader​.


The objective of YELP is to provide students in underrepresented areas with leadership, teamwork and public speaking skills through workshops and various projects

​It all started when Tanya was in middle school and started watching Shark Tank – soon she became obsessed with following businesses, real estate, and the general market. This all led her to believe that as soon as she reached high school, she would be able to expand on her knowledge. Unfortunately , that didn’t turn out to be the case. Tayna found there weren’t many business-focused classes in school nor were there many opportunities to learn about the subject outside the classroom. She felt there was a need in the community to educate kids like herself to develop early entrepreneurship and leadership skills. She really wanted to tap in on the creative genius of a growing mind. So, together with Rachel, they formed the Young Enterprise Club at their local high school. This led to the formation of YELP a year later.


Tanya found that there weren't many business-focused classes in school nor were there many opportunities to learn about the subject outside the classroom

​​To date, YELP has hosted over 20 workshops around the Houston area, positively impacting over 500 students' lives. YELP has also collaborated with underrepresented students from 5 countries on an initiative called Project Inspire, which aims to encourage cross cultural communication. There are also plans to host the first ever student-run Girls Empowerment Conference in Houston in order to inspire the next generation of female leaders. The plan with all these initiatives is to motivate students to pursue their passions, persevere through rejection, and create the change that they want to see.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tanya Manocha is a a 16 year old high school student from Houston, Texas who founded the non profit called Youth Executive Leadership Program with her friend Rachel Georgian.

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