Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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What is the age range for YEBW students?
YEBW serves high school students at all grade levels—entering freshmen to graduating seniors, between ages 13 and 18.
If your son or daughter is an incoming freshman and you are concerned they are too young, YEBW is willing to review school transcripts and conduct a phone interview in advance to help determine if the program will be a good fit this summer.
What is the age breakdown of the first-year program?
No matter the stage of high school, students of all ages will find value in YEBW's Business Week. Although the exact breakdown changes each year, typically 60-70% of the first-year students are sophomores or juniors. Freshmen and seniors make up about 15-20% each.
My son or daughter has little-to-no business experience. Will he or she be overwhelmed?
Students who have limited-to-no business background can thrive at YEBW... The first-year program is designed to benefit students at all levels of business experience.
My son or daughter has a lot of business experience. Can they skip the first-year program?
This experience will be different than any other. Students involved in DECA, FBLA or other business organizations will not be underwhelmed or bored at YEBW. All students are encouraged to complete Business Week before entering Investing Week or Entrepreneur Week.
Will my child be accepted into the program?
YEBW registration is a first-come, first-serve process. Students may be placed on the waitlist if their choice of campus or program is full, so register as early as possible.
Can a student complete multiple YEBW programs in the same summer?
Yes, depending on age and other factors, students may attend Business Week, Investing Week and Entrepreneur Week in the same year. Upperclassmen—juniors and seniors—who want to complete our series of programs during the same summer will be granted preference over underclassmen—freshmen and sophomores—who have the option to return for the program the following summer.
What is the cost of YEBW?
Tuition is $995 for Oregon students and $1,395 for out-of-state residents. Tuition covers room, board and curriculum materials for the full program.
We can't afford the full tuition; can my child still attend YEBW?
Our mission is to provide all Oregon high school students the opportunity to experience YEBW. We want to ensure that every student can attend regardless of their financial circumstances.
Sponsorships are granted at the discretion of YEBW staff. All funds for YEBW 2017 have been allocated. Aid is issued on a first-come, first-serve basis; please apply early for consideration. The Financial Aid Application for YEBW 2018 opens December 2017.
When is YEBW?
YEBW 2018 takes place at University of Portland, July 8-14, University of Oregon, July 22-28, and Oregon State University, Aug. 5-11. Program activities run for seven days, from Sunday check-in starting at 9 a.m. to Saturday check-out starting at 2 p.m. For more details, please preview Student Instructions.
Is transportation provided to and from campus?
Please arrange for your child to arrive on campus on Sunday for check-in between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and depart from campus on the following Saturday for check-out by 3 p.m. We suggest students traveling via airports or other transit stations contact us for recommendations before making reservations. We strongly encourage parents and guardians to attend the Check-In Welcome Ceremony on the first day and the Closing Ceremony on the last day; YEBW will provide additional information during online registration. For more details, please preview Student Instructions.
What is the schedule during the week?
The YEBW schedule is jam-packed with activities, company meetings, career exploration opportunities and guest speakers. A typical day begins with an all-program meeting at 8:30 a.m., followed by activities through 10 p.m. Students who would like to retire to their dorm rooms early are not required to participate in Life Balance Activities, which typically begin around 9 p.m. Each day, lunch and dinner are a full hour long.
What is an average day at YEBW?
While there is no such thing as an average day at YEBW, most days have some similar elements: interactive business leadership seminars, guest speakers, team meetings and Life Balance Activities.
Is there free time?
Yes, there are Life Balance Activities each day, including fun games, challenges, sports and movies. Students may also relax, read a book, go to the campus bookstore or interact with new friends.
How are students supervised?
Students are under YEBW supervision throughout the entire week. At night, YEBW staff and Interns monitor student dorms and conduct room checks. University staff and campus security are also present and available throughout campus.
Where will students eat and sleep?
At University of Portland, students stay in Fields Hall or Corrado Hall and most meals will be at the Bauccio Commons. At Oregon State University, students reside in Weatherford Hall and dine at West Dining Hall. At University of Oregon, students stay in Global Scholars Hall and eat at Carson Dining Hall.
Can my son or daughter select a roommate? How are “random” roommates assigned?
Yes, students may choose a same-gender roommate. Dorm floors are separated by gender and monitored all week to ensure a safe environment for all. If no preference is stated, students will be assigned a roommate of similar age—likely from a different high school.
How is a 'company' determined?
Each student will be placed in a mock company of 8-10 students from different high schools. We take geography, educational background, age and other factors into account to create an intentionally diverse team.
What does my son or daughter need to bring to YEBW?
Please review YEBW's Packing List, which is also provided during registration. Students wear casual attire for the entire week with the exception of Wednesday evening and Friday, when they will want to wear more formal attire for business presentations, our etiquette dinner and the dance.
My child doesn't have access to business-formal attire, what should I do?
Please notify YEBW as soon as possible and we will be able to accommodate your needs.
YEBW allows cancellation with almost a full refund before May 1, 2018; we retain $100 of tuition to cover processing fees.