Microsoft store hosts JA Job Shadow event with Empowerment Resources

JA_Microsoft Photo3On Saturday, Jan. 24, 17 girls from Empowerment Resources’ Journey Into Womanhood program went to the Microsoft Store at St. Johns Town Center for JA Job Shadow.

The day started off with a team-building activity, then progressed into presentations by Microsoft store employees, floor product demonstrations and a tour of the store.

A presentation by store employees covered everything from the history of Microsoft, store locations and career paths at both Microsoft stores and the corporate office in Washington.

“I liked touring the store,” said Taylor G., 13 years old and in 7th grade. “They showed us what makes up the store and the different roles of store employees.”

The girls were treated to a Chick-fil-a lunch before their final task, the “$1,000 Gift Card Challenge”: if you had $1,000 to spend at the store, what would you buy that would help you be most productive, and why?

Girls split into teams, put their thinking caps on, and went out on the floor to look at products. After 15 minutes they returned to report their decisions to the group.

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And of course, no trip to the Microsoft store would be complete without some play time with Microsoft tablets, phones and Xbox.

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Not bad for a Saturday morning!

The next JA Job Shadow is scheduled for Feb. 5 with students participating from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Eugene J. Butler Middle School. Stay tuned!

The JA Job Shadow program is funded by a national partnership between Microsoft YouthSpark and Junior Achievement USA, which provides funding for JA Areas across the country to implement JA Job Shadow programs at Microsoft stores in their communities. 


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