Innovative products created by aspiring Junior Achievement young entrepreneurs
What do reuseable food wrap, produce bags, awareness candles, pet chew toys and an online thrifting platform have in common?
All were created by Junior Achievement (JA) of South Western Ontario achievers as part of the unique JA Company Program, a program that encourages entrepreneurship and financial literacy for high school students.
The JA Company Program, led by volunteers and mentors from the business community, brings teams of high school students together to create, build and manage a small business for 18 weeks. The companies launched last fall and achievers are now hard at work marketing and selling their original and innovative products, hoping to turn a profit, before winding down their companies in April.
JA is a charitable organization that is dedicated to teaching young people financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workplace readiness skills through experiential learning programs, delivered by JA-trained volunteers. Thanks to the support of sponsors, JA programs are offered to students free of charge.
JA South Western Ontario delivers programs to 15,000 youth throughout London, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Perth, Huron, Grey and Bruce counties, and Chatham-Kent, Windsor-Essex and Sarnia-Lambton.
JA Company Programs: Who/What/Where/When
Chatham: JA regional office, 60 William Street, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.- 9: Wonder Wraps by Fabric Works – reusable food wrap – sponsored by TD; and, lipp – natural ingredient chap sticks – sponsored by Enbridge.
London: JA headquarters, 15 Wharncliffe Road North, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.- 9: SocieTea – selection of teas - sponsored by Auburn Developments; EcoLux – environmentally friendly lunch kits – sponsored by Amway; FreshMesh – reuseable shopping bags with produce bags – sponsored by Enbridge; Thriftii – online platform providing trendy secondhand clothing – sponsored by London Chamber of Commerce Corporate Challenge Legacy Fund at London Community Foundation; Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.- 9 – Grow – succulent plants in recycled mugs – sponsored by TD; 4U – mental illness awareness beaded bracelets – sponsored by Auburn Developments; Kalimera – multipurpose organizational boards – sponsored by Mouse Renovations; Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.- 9: Fields to Forests – tree planting kits – sponsored by Carfax London; Toys n Tails – pet chew toys – sponsored by Arcane; Ease the Disease – awareness candles – sponsored by Zucora Home.
St. Thomas: STEAM/Talbot Teen Centre, 745 Talbot Street, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.- 9: P.L.A.N.T. – succulent plants in recycled mugs; S.O.C.S. – tie-dyed socks – both sponsored by Dowler Karn.
Stratford: RBC, 33 Downie Street, Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.- 7,Go Fetch! – pet toys made from recycled tees – sponsored by RBC and Rotary Club of Stratford.
Strathroy: Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, Mondays, 6:30 p.m.- 9, Spilling the Tees – custom screened tees – sponsored by TD.
Windsor: at BBBS office, 3050 Jefferson Blvd: Mondays, 6:30 – 9 p.m.: TreePorts – cellphone lockers – sponsored by Canada Life; and, Embracing Life, bracelets to raise funds for Plan International Canada – sponsored by Canada Life.
For additional information or to set up interviews/photos, please contact:
Susan McConnell, Communications Director and Regional Development firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-439-4201 x 236