Welcome to YESS Group Onboarding

Why Should You Start Your Own YESS Group?

  • Your supportive calls or classes take place at the optimum time for you and your students...You Choose!
  • Students learn better when they are all studying the same material with their peers, preferably face-to-face.
  • And if you can incorporate the program into your formal curriculum, even better; students tend to complete educational programs at a higher rate with formalized guidance, particularly when it affects their grades.

Setting Up Your Own Group

Step #1

Getting Started

A) OPTIONAL - See what the students see in the course. Watch a video of the demo at your leisure or schedule a demo, and then email your questions to us if you have any. We are always happy to guide you through the process.

B) When you are ready to proceed, complete the YESS Group Questionnaire. Please do this well in advance. Note that whoever you choose as your facilitator/ instructor for the course needs to be YESS-certified AND either an ActionCOACH or have audited the YESS Business Basics course prior to group launch.

C) Sign the brief agreement you will be sent once you complete Step B above. You will usually receive the agreement within 48 business hours.

D) Modify the sample Syllabus below to your needs and submit it to ActionCOACH Foundation. Have your Start and End Dates and class schedule handy. We recommend a 12-week program with major assignments due the end of Weeks 4, 9 and 10 per the sample. Once updated for your group, we like to include the Syllabus in the student confirmation email.

Step #2


A) Promote the course and collect student applications and parental consents using the Application/Parental Consent Form below OR by sharing the application link promo below so students can complete same online (with the latter, skip Step B below). ActionCOACH Foundation must have parental consents from all students under the age of 18.

B) Email a list of all students with email addresses and birthdates at least one week prior to your start date. If possible, create the list as an Excel CSV file.

C) Once accepted, students will be enrolled and will receive an email with the approved Syllabus and directions on how to get started.

D) Students set their own passwords regardless of whether they apply individually through the site or whether they are enrolled from a group list. Once their enrollment has been approved, they go to the dashboard and click on YESS Business Basics to begin.

Step #3

Course Administration

A) ADVANCE PREP - Prepare for your classes and/or virtual Zoom calls using your Syllabus. Personalize the introductory PowerPoint (see Step #4). Be sure to provide either a verbal reminder (best for face-to-face classrooms) or send an email reminder (best for virtual classes) one to three days prior to each class.

B) FIRST CLASS - Walk your class through the introductory PowerPoint, including the class introductions. Be prepared to answer any questions they may have about expectations (see below) and the Syllabus. Preview Zoom Video #1 for an example of an introductory class.

C) STUDENT EXPECTATIONS - Encourage your students to spend at least 30 minutes daily on their computers with Wifi access to watch all videos for the week, plus:

  • Answer all 'Questions to Ponder'
  • Perform all 'Action Assignments'
  • Comment in the Discussion Room
  • Complete all weekly exams with at least a 75% passing rate. Can repeat as many times as necessary.

D) ONGOING CLASSES - Course facilitators should check in with students to see how they are doing, spend time answering questions, highlight key points from the week's learnings and encourage the students to comment on their learnings. You want to be ensure that the students are absorbing and retaining the new concepts. ActionCOACH Foundation will assist you with monthly Progress Reports on the students. You can use the Q and A recaps for each week (see Step #4) to help you plan questions for classroom engagement.

E) MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS - Make sure students submit their 3 main assignments on time per the Syllabus. Assignments include Vision Board (end of Week 4), Business Plan (end of Week 9) and Video Pitch (end of Week 11). Ensure they all know how to upload the various projects; the Foundation has support materials to assist you. Students can also contact the Foundation directly at team@actioncoachfoundation.org when they have technical difficulties. Assignments will be approved through the online learning platform by whoever is designated in the Group Agreement.

F) COURSE COMPLETION - If the students complete all videos, exams and assignments by the deadline, they will receive a certification of completion and will be entitled to graduate in either a local ceremony at the time of group's choosing or in the Foundation's quarterly virtual ceremony at a date and time determined by the Foundation.

Contact karencallahan@actioncoach.com for the next scheduled quarterly ceremony. Students will be informed of their NEXT STEPS or their post-graduate benefits during the last week of class.

Step #4

Facilitator Support

ActionCOACH Foundation will be with you, the facilitator, every step of the way to make sure you are comfortable with the educational content and process. We also want to ensure that the quality of the program is maintained at a high level.

To ensure both quality and comfort, we will provide you with the following support once you have signed your Group Agreement and submitted your Group Syllabus and Student Enrollment list (based on option).

  • Intro PowerPoint template to help you launch the course with your students and introduce yourself.
  • Weekly Q and A sheets with a download of all 'Questions to Ponder,' all 'Action Assignments,' and all weekly exam questions from the week
  • Links to sample Zoom Calls demonstrating group facilitation throughout the program
  • Special videos to study and highlight throughout the course
  • Auditing of student lessons, discussions and progress for 1-3 facilitators prior to or during the program
  • Monthly Group Progress Reports to demonstrate engagement of students in course to date
  • Email support directly from the Foundation Program Coordinator
  • Occasional support from local ActionCOACHes or YESS-certified ActionCOACHes...based on availability

Once you have signed your Group Agreement and submitted your updated Group Syllabus and Student Enrollment list, you will receive an email with the following from the Foundation:

  • A complete list of enrolled students
  • A link to your support page, where you will be able to access all of the items listed above...and more as they become available.
Email Us for Additional Support

At anytime throughout the program, we welcome your feedback. It is our fervent goal to make our YESS Young Entrepreneur Smart Start program the absolute best it can be.

At the end of the program, we will be sending you an evaluation. We truly appreciate your taking the time to fill it out and return it to us.