Professionals Investing In Future Entrepreneurs
Tracy’s career has been mission driven and dedicated to helping communities improve. As a passionate advocate for youth programs, she has raised nearly $7 million dollars in new funds in an economically depressed area. Tracy developed her leadership skills at a non- profit Community Action Agency committed to alleviating the effects of poverty within their region. The programs she designed served 1 in 4 students in a rural western NY county, located in the uppermost portion of the Appalachian Region. Her understanding of how to work with vulnerable populations helped youth programs grow under her leadership from three to thirteen schools, reduced pregnancy rates by 10%, and increased services for students suffering with mental illness. The youth programs, evidencing increases in academic success and social skill development, were nationally recognized as innovative on three occasions. Tracy attributes her success to the inclusion of youth voice when developing and implementing programs. In 2018, Tracy and her family moved from Western New York to South Carolina to help further the mission of YEScarolina.
President of Programs
Eva is a graduate of Winthrop University, where she received a B.S. in marketing education and M.Ed. in secondary education. Her passion for travel and teaching abroad took her to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as the information technology teacher/coordinator for an international school. She retired from West Ashley High School as a business education teacher who taught entrepreneurship and other business and computer-related courses. She was recognized for her talents in the classroom and was awarded the 2011 Charleston County Teacher of the Year. Her personal and professional travels have taken her to fifty countries and six continents including cultural exchange opportunities as a marketing and business educator in Moscow, Russia and Bornholm, Denmark. Eva brings an educational perspective to YEScarolina and a wealth of experience to the organization as a certified YEScarolina entrepreneurship teacher of twelve years with a host of regional, state, and national student winners in the business plan competitions.
Jimmy Bailey has a recurring theme in his life: People can achieve great success given the tools and the chance. In addition to YEScarolina, Jimmy served as a three-term elected S.C. State House Representative and President of Bailey and Associates, a commercial real estate firm.
Since his retirement from the SC State House of Representatives, Jimmy Bailey has actively supported teaching entrepreneurship in South Carolina with the belief that entrepreneurship can connect young people to our community and the workplace.