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Young Merchants Club Gifts

In appreciation for your sponsorship of our merchants you will receive awesome YMC merchandise.
  • T-Shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Socks & Caps

Our Endorsements

Dr. Diamond Cephus
Diamond Cephus

Assistant Headmaster, Edward M Kennedy Academy for Health Careers

"I would rate YMC’s presentations to our students at The Boston Counseling and Intervention Center to be among the best presentations for young people that I have witnessed and listened to in schools in my nearly 20 years of employment within the Boston Public Schools!".

Dean Dudley Rose
Dean Dudley Rose

Harvard University

"In a time when conflict and misunderstanding are rampant, YMC is clearly an effort that is able to assist young people in navigating diverse worlds and cultures in a way that leads forward, toward service and healing."

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Dr. Patrick B Reyes

Director of Strategic Partnerships for Doctoral Initiatives, Forum for Theological Exploration

"What sets Young Merchants apart from other education leaders is its mission reaches far beyond the academy and its work reverberates in the local community, inciting practical action towards the development of global citizens."

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Young Merchants Club?

Young Merchants Club is a self-paced virtual learning program for youth, ages 14-18. We focus on teaching social / emotional skills, entrepreneurship, identity and service.

Why are there business plans on the website?

Business plans belong to our youth Merchant members. Each business plan is for you to review and decide if you would like to support the business with a monetary donation.

What do I get for my donation to a business plan?

In exchange for donating to a Merchant’s business plan you will receive YMC gift merchandise based on the amount of your donation including t-shirts, hats, hoodies and socks.

How do I know that the money is really going to be spent properly by the Merchants?

All money raised for Merchant business plans are supervised by an adult administrator. The Merchant does not have direct access to any money. The administrator works with the Merchant to ensure that funds are being spent on the proper expenses for the business to come to life.

Can I receive updates on the business plan’s progress?

Yes, if you would like updates on how a Merchant business plan is progressing, you can email us directly at Specify which business plan and Merchant you donated to and we will follow up shortly with any news!

Can I donate to more than one Merchant Business plan?

Yes! Donate to as many Merchant Business plans as possible! We appreciate your support!

Does all the money raised go toward business plans?

YMC takes a small percentage of each donation to purchase more merchandise and support our staff.

Can I communicate directly with a Merchant I have donated to?

No. We do not recommend that any donors have direct communication with Merchants because many are underage.