New "JA Company Program" Gives Teens 21st Century Entrepreneurial Experience
Colorado Springs, Colo. Junior Achievement USA®, in partnership with The Hartford, today unveils its reimagined JA Company Program®, to provide aspiring teen entrepreneurs with the skills and real-world experience to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Now digitized, the updated JA Company Program includes 13 new modular experiences as part of a blended-learning approach that offers groups of students the opportunity to understand the steps involved in launching their own businesses while learning the basics of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business success.
The sessions include interactive content such as vodcasts led by subject matter experts that explore concepts such as brainstorming a product or service. Lessons also discuss the importance of conducting market research to refine the product or service to meet consumers' evolving needs.
"The new JA Company Program gives students the opportunity to play a greater leadership role in the process with volunteers encouraging them to find their voice and spark the entrepreneurial spirit, " said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "They have the opportunity to apply concepts used by this generation's entrepreneurs, such as e-commerce and crowd-funding."
The 13-week after-school program divides each session into two parts: "Company Ops" and "Deeper Dive." Students report on progress and accomplish learning objectives during "Company Ops" and participate in a more robust learning experience, either individually or in groups, to challenge themselves to push further during "Deeper Dive." Click here to see JA Company Program in action.
The revised JA Company Program is the result of a $1.5 million investment from The Hartford to support 100, 000 students through Junior Achievement. The Hartford's commitment supports its Communities with HART philanthropy initiative to encourage the well-being of America's communities by enabling today's small businesses to grow and inspiring a new generation of small business leaders.
"The Hartford is proud to partner with Junior Achievement and serve as the title sponsor of its flagship JA Company Program, " said The Hartford's Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Swift. "We encourage the students of today to become the successful entrepreneurs of tomorrow, a commitment that grows out of our passion for helping small businesses prevail."
JA Company Program is Junior Achievement's longest running program, beginning in 1919 with the founding of the organization. Today, nearly half a million students globally flex their entrepreneurial spirit each year with JA Company Program.
To learn more about JA Company Program and inquire about how to bring it to local schools, please visit www.ja.org.
Amy Kneesey, Vice Chairman of the Brevard County School Board
"It’s a way to expand our curriculum without having to put out more resources. That’s a win for everyone."
Beth Westfall, Assistant Principal West Side Elementary School
"JA is relevant to my school, more so now than ever."
Hilah R. Mercer, Principal Cambridge Elementary Magnet School
"Junior Achievement is an outstanding, motivating program for our elementary students. Several of [our teachers] had JA volunteers last year and all had great praise for the program"
Michael Johnson, PhD, UCF Professor, College of Education
"I have long believed that this JA experience is so valuable for our UCF students and that actually it is a rare win for all experience, the UCF students, the school teachers, the school students, the UCF Education Profs, and the JA sponsors."