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ActionCOACH Foundation Congratulates Its Inaugural

YESS Business Basics Graduating Class

LAS VEGAS--July 20, 2021--ActionCOACH Foundation is pleased to recognize the first eleven young adults who have successfully completed the twelve-week YESS Business Basics course. This course represents the first phase in the YESS Young Entrepreneur Smart Start program, which was launched in February of this year by the ActionCOACH Foundation. Currently, the program has 198 students enrolled. The virtual graduation ceremony took place via Zoom at 1:30 pm PDT and was attended by nine students, their family members, friends and mentors, as well as staff and coaches from the ActionCOACH family.

ActionCOACH Foundation Board Chair, Doug Winnie, moderated the ceremony, congratulating the students and their support systems. "We are very proud of this group of trailblazers and grateful to their parents, teachers and mentors for giving them the support to learn how to pursue their dreams," said Winnie.

Board member Josh Bardsley congratulated the students and welcomed them into the YESS Club, an exclusive online community for graduates of the program. The YESS Club allows the students to continue their entrepreneurial journeys together in a protected community where they can support each other and engage with business leaders like Bardsley for the long-term.

Brad Sugars, the Founder of both ActionCOACH and the ActionCOACH Foundation, delivered a brief commencement address entitled, 'Making Your Dreams Come True.' According to Sugars, “We want to make entrepreneurs, not employees. When we 'ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in youth worldwide,' we help inspire and educate future leaders who can accelerate the global impact of an ActionCOACH business education."

The highlight of the ceremony, of course, was the recognition of the eleven graduates, who ranged in age from 12 to 18 years and represented six different countries from around the world. Each student had to complete twelve weeks of videos, Action Assignments, postings on the daily discussion boards and weekly exams covering the weekly topics. In addition, they each submitted vision boards, basic business plans and video business pitches for approval.

Three special awards were presented by Foundation Board Member, Mark McNulty, for Best Video Pitch and Best Business Plans. There was a tie for Best Business Plan. Recipients were Omadavi Etwaroo (age 13) of Camille's Academy in Guyana and Abhishek Sharma (age 15) of Herschel Grammar School in Slough, U.K. The sole honors for the Best Video Pitch went to Hicham Majzoub (age 16) from the AZM School of Tripoli in Lebanon. All three winners will receive $100.

The July 2021 YESS Business Basics graduates are:

·        Agota Adomaityte, 18, Kauno Jono Basanaviciaus Gimnazija, Lithuania 

·        Ramon Aray, 12, Camille’s Academy, Guyana 

·        Ricardo Bhagwandin, 13, Camille’s Academy, Guyana 

·        Omadavi Etwaroo, 13, Camille’s Academy, Guyana 

·        Aiden Ewing, 14, Bullitt Lick Middle School, Kentucky, U.S. 

·        Nadia Latchman, 12, Camille’s Academy, Guyana 

·        Hicham Majzoub, 16, AZM School, Tripoli, Lebanon 

·        Crystal Persaud, 14, School of the Nations, Guyana 

·        Faranaz Ramlal, 14, Camille’s Academy, Guyana 

·        Tania Rao, 17, Curacao American Preparatory School, Curacao 

·        Abhishek Sharma, 15, Herschel Grammar School, Slough, U.K. 

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About ActionCOACH Foundation

ActionCOACH Foundation was founded in 2018 and is operated out of ActionCOACH Global Headquarters in Las Vegas. This Spring, the Foundation re-launched ActionCOACH's ‘Coaching for a Cause’ program under the umbrella of the Foundation and launched its new YESS Young Entrepreneur Smart Start program to provide free business education to young adults ages 12-22 in February of 2021. For more information on any Foundation activities, visit or contact the Foundation Coordinator, Karen Callahan, at 702-947-9445 or

About ActionCOACH®

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