London, ON – On Tuesday, April 30th, high school students from London, St. Thomas, Strathroy, Stratford, Tillsonburg, Woodstock, and communities in between, gathered at Fanshawe College in London for the annual JA (Junior Achievement) Company Program Celebration of Excellence. The event recognizes student participants in the after-school JA Company Program for exceptional efforts and successes with real entrepreneurial ventures they have created and managed for an 18-week period during the 2017-18 school year.
The JA Company Program provides high school students with a first-hand entrepreneurial experience through which they learn about business and develop 21st century skills in leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and financial management. The program builds confidence and empowers youth to become Canada’s future CEO’s, increasing their economic opportunities as they consider career paths and enter the workforce.
Over 300 high school students participated in the JA Company Program this year and, in teams, created 18 small businesses which collectively generated more than $30,000 in revenues. Guided by a team of over 60 volunteer mentors, the students managed all elements of their businesses, paying their suppliers and employees, generating sales opportunities, overcoming challenges, and adjusting their business plans according to changing situations. If their business was profitable, students received a share of the profit and, in many cases, decided to donate a portion of their profit to charity.
“We are so proud of these youth for taking steps to own their own economic success and congratulate every participant for the personal growth they have achieved”, said Bev Robinson, President and CEO of JA London and District. “We sincerely thank the community of volunteers and program sponsors who make this experience possible for youth.”
The following are just a few of the awards announced at the April 30 Celebration of Excellence:
Outstanding Company of the Year – awarded to Creta Wood, a JA Company from Strathroy. The team built and sold “catch boards” which they made from recycled shipping crates.
Corporate Social Responsibility Award – awarded to ecopocket, a JA Company from London dedicated to reducing plastic waste. The team produced and sold reusable canvas bags with environmental messages on them. For every bag sold the students committed to spending time cleaning up the Thames River and donated a portion of their profits to environmental causes.
Innovation Award – awarded to Future Works, a JA Company from London. These students created an original book featuring the artwork of London youth and sharing their individual reasons for loving London and their ambitions for the future.
The next session of the JA Company Program will begin the week of October 22, 2018. Registration for high school students is currently open at http://jacanada.org/london-district-cp
JA London and District is committed to inspiring and preparing youth for success in a global economy. If you wish to learn more about JA programs, please visit the website at: http://jacanada.org/london-district
For more information, please contact:
Karen Chafe, Senior Program Manager
JA London and District