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JA educates students on how to establish a business

JA educates students on how to establish a business

Establishing a new company is never easy even for the most astute business-minded entrepreneurs. The Junior Achievement (JA) Company programme attempts to make this process smooth sailing for public and private high school students who are matched up with trained business advisors to develop products that can be created and sold locally. It is a unique opportunity that trains students on the skills required to start and operate a successful business.  

Deshae Cann, 17, enjoyed the JA experience.

 “I learned teamwork, communication, and organisation. We did a lot of custom orders, so time management was important as well. We faced challenges finding the materials, but once we got into the group we became friends fast, and it was easy for us to work together.”

Deshae and more than 80 students celebrated and shared stories of their JA Company experience during an awards ceremony at the Marriott on Saturday, 20th April.

Each JA company chooses its own Board of Directors and chooses a logo, and a plan to make, market, and sell their product.  

Sponsors for the programme assist in two ways, by providing necessary funds, locations for the students to meet, and volunteers for practical guidance.

“ I want to extend my deepest gratitude to our students, whose innovative company projects and relentless pursuit of excellence inspire us all,” said Chamber President Joanne Lawson. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed. To our corporate sponsors, your generous support makes all this possible. You are not just investing in ‘projects’ but in the future of these young leaders.”  

The JA experience was rewarding for 17-year-old Deshae Cann: “I definitely learned teamwork, communication, organisation. We did a lot of custom orders so time management was really important as well. We faced challenges finding the materials, but  once we got into the group we were really  friends really fast, and it was easy for us to work together,” she said.