JA Program Spotlight: JA Be Entrepreneurial

JA Program Spotlight - JA Be Entrepreneurial

JA Be Entrepreneurial®

Grades 9-12

Students learn about:

  • Advertising, competitive advantages, financing, marketing, and product development

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize characteristics and practices of successful entrepreneurs.
  • Evaluate an entrepreneurial idea based on product, customer, and
    competitive-advantage criteria.
  • Demonstrate business-planning skills for venture start-up, marketing,
    financing, management, and ethical decision-making.

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Session One: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Students are introduced to the elements of successful business start-ups, myths and facts about entrepreneurship, and participate in a product development competition.

Session Two: What’s My Business?

Students take on the roles of various entrepreneurs as they develop their product or service idea, and analyze sources of successful entrepreneurial ventures to select a product or service as the basis of their business plan.

Session Three: Who’s My Customer?

Student groups create and present advertisements to demonstrate how market needs and demographics contribute to successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Session Four: What’s My Advantage?

Students evaluate actual companies that have excelled in selecting and applying successful competitive advantages.

Session Five: Competitive Advantages

Students play a game that demonstrates effective competitive advantages and select the best for their own entrepreneurial venture.

Session Six: Ethics Are Good For Business

Students learn through case-studies how being ethical is good for business in the long run.

Session Seven: The Business Plan

Students apply the key elements of successful entrepreneurs to their product or services and complete a sample business plan.

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Bring JA Be Entrepreneurial to your classroom!

At your invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester. Request JA Be Entrepreneurial for your classroom today at JAjax.com.

Become a JA Volunteer!

Join Junior Achievement’s national network of more than 213,000 volunteers and help students in your community connect the dots between what they learn in school and the “business of life”— work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Visit JAjax.com to learn how you can become a JA Volunteer.

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JA Boy$ Spring Reverse Job Shadow

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In partnership with our JA Boy$ program, a Reverse Job Shadow event was held at Young Men’s Leadership Academy on May 25.

This Spring event put a cap on a successful year for JA Boy$ that included Job Shadow trips to Sally Corporation, the Federal Reserve Bank, and Florida Blue.

Thank you volunteers!
-Tony Allegretti, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
-Devin Coleman, Community Activist, Poet & Author
-Obi Umunna, Umunna Legal Group
-Trey Carmichael, Northwestern Mutual
-Adama Diallo, Florida Blue
-Papis Diouf, Yardi

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About JA Boy$

JA Boy$ serves as a bridge between JA’s real-world programs and all-male classroom environment. For more info on this program and how to get involved, click here.

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Program Spotlight: JA Our Nation

JA Program Spotlight - JA Our Nation

JA Our Nation®

5th Grade

Students learn about:

  • The nation’s free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers.
  • The need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers and the concept of globalization in business.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a free market economy.
  • Define entrepreneurship and explore the process of innovation.
  • Understand that businesses need people with technical skills to support
    high-growth, high-demand jobs.
  • Compare career clusters.
  • Explore how the United States is tied to the global economy.

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Session One: Free to Choose Your Work or Business

Students are introduced to the nation’s free market system and how it supports businesses and careers.

Session Two: Innovation Nation

Students experience how entrepreneurial thinking can spur new businesses and the opportunity for future income. A wristband directs students to an online playable that explores STEM careers and skills.

Session Three: Career Clusters

Students examine career groups and the skills needed for a variety of careers.

Session Four: Get and Keep the Job!

Students identify important work-readiness soft skills necessary for career success.

Session Five: Global Connections

Students explore how the United States is connected to the global economy.

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Bring JA Our Nation to your classroom!

At your invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester. Request JA Our Nation for your classroom today at JAjax.com.

Become a JA Volunteer!

Join Junior Achievement’s national network of more than 213,000 volunteers and help students in your community connect the dots between what they learn in school and the “business of life”— work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Visit JAjax.com to learn how you can become a JA Volunteer.

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IberiaBank volunteer completes JA program at Hogan Spring Glen Elementary

This spring semester Tanya Guydos, Vice President of Iberiabank in Jacksonville, spent time each week teaching a kindergarten class at Hogan Spring Glen Elementary. She volunteered to teach the Junior Achievement program, JA Ourselves, and shared her experiences with JA program director Melissa Covey throughout the Spring.

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“Today we did the voting  lesson and I was able to get the Supervisor of Elections office to donate I voted stickers, I registered stickers, ballots and other items for them as well. We all “voted” on doing a beautification project for their class and their home.  I brought in all the goodies to make flowers pots.  One of our clients graciously donated all of the seeds and we had a ball.  Ok…   we did have to watch the dirt, I would have hated to call the janitor!

Thought I would share with you. Great Friday and such a wonderful group of kids!!”

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“They were so excited that I was back and look at the card they made for me for my time I had spent with them!  I about started to cry!”

May 2017

Tanya Guydos Iberia Bank Hogan Spring Glen

“Today each child received their certificates AND a nickel and a quarter (Lesson #4) to put in their banks to save!” 

About JA Ourselves®

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work. Learn more about JA Ourselves.

If you are interested in becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer please visit JAjax.com.

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Sandalwood High School students win FedEx Junior Business Challenge at THE PLAYERS Championship

The FedEx Junior Business Challenge

Student company “Antibee” will advance to the business challenge finals at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta

On Wednesday, May 10 THE PLAYERS Championship hosted the second FedEx Junior Business Challenge qualifying event of the season, as students from Junior Achievement of North Florida presented business concepts to a panel consisting of 2014 FedExCup champion Billy Horschel and successful business personalities for a chance to advance to the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Finals at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

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The competition consisted of three student-run companies:

  • team Antibee from Sandalwood High School,
  • team Lil Patriots from A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology,
  • and team Wolfpack Snack Shack from Samuel L. Wolfson High.

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The companies presented their business to a panel of judges and an audience inside the Stadium Village alongside the 18th fairway during THE PLAYERS Championship.

The guest panel of judges featured:

  • Billy Horschel – 2014 FedEx Cup Champion
  • Kristi Dosh – Sports business writer, Forbes
  • Tripp Davis – Managing partner, PwC Florida
  • Mary Lynn Schroeder – CEO/Lead Designer, In Blue Handmade

In the end, Sandalwood’s Antibee won the judges over. Antibee aims to increase awareness of bullying within schools; a real problem, according to the company, that no one wants to talk about for fear of embarrassment and/or retaliation. As a solution the students created an app that can be downloaded on Apple or Android devices. The app allows students to share positive messages, look for resources,  and connect with other students who have experienced bullying or who might just want to offer up encouragement and positivity.

Their win at THE PLAYERS Championship means they advance to the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Finals at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

 

All teams presenting at the FedEx Junior Business Challenge are participants in the JA Company Program, a Junior Achievement program in which students learn to be entrepreneurial-minded when they create their business from scratch and try to make a profit.

The FedEx Junior Business Challenge, an extension of the JA Company Program, serves as a platform to provide select JA students the opportunity to showcase their business concepts at designated PGA TOUR tournaments this season for a chance to generate a $75,000 donation from FedEx to further support youth entrepreneurship.

View more photos from the event.

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About Junior Achievement of North Florida

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 56,489 students reached during the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit http://www.JAjax.com.

About JA Company Program

JA Company Program is Junior Achievement’s longest running program. It is 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. Learn more about JA Company Program.

Students gain “Skills to Achieve” at Macquarie Group

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Lee High School students participated in JA’s “Skills to Achieve” program at Macquarie Group’s Jacksonville office.

The students learned what skills are necessary to work at Macquarie Group and succeed in the finance industry. Company volunteers taught Junior Achievement lessons that further discussed tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries.

Thank you Macquarie volunteers!

-Anthony Glenn
-Gerrylyn Williams
-Kisha Shabazz
-Renaire Le Blanc
-Nasr Jeries
-Claudio Ghipsmann

SKILLS TO ACHIEVE

Skills to Achieve brings high school students to a company location for a stimulating, interactive, and impactful one-day experience. The day begins with a host company experience and continues with corporate volunteers team teaching JA lessons on financial literacy and workforce readiness.

To learn more about JA programs in North Florida, visit JAjax.com.

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Citi’s JA in a Day at Waverly Academy

In partnership with our JA Girl$ program, each year Citibank women return to Waverly Academy to teach JA in a Day.

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Volunteers taught the JA More Than Money program which teaches earning, spending, sharing, and saving money. Students played the Community Game to reinforce their money-management skills and to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives.

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Volunteers taught JA It’s My Business! to older students, during which they discussed knowing customers’ wants and needs, launching effective marketing, and creating detailed business plans.Students began to identify the skills and knowledge needed to start a business. Putting this knowledge into practice they worked in groups to complete a blueprint for a teen club. They identified the first entrepreneurial characteristic, “Fill a Need,” by considering customer needs and brainstorming product design. They wrapped up the assignment by presenting their “Club Blueprint” to the class.

Thank you volunteers for empowering these young ladies with financial and business knowledge!

View more photos from JA in a Day at Waverly Academy here.

About JA in a Day

“JA in a Day” is a unique initiative that allows volunteers to teach all of the lessons of Junior Achievement’s elementary school programs in an intensive and effective one-day effort.

During the course of JA in a Day, students will learn about various aspects of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. At the end of the day, students will receive their JA certificates for completing the program. Click here to learn more.

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Junior Achievement of North Florida and Voya Financial launch ‘Skills to Achieve’ Program

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$5,000 grant to expand program presented during launch event

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) and Junior Achievement of North Florida announced the launch of an innovative, new program called Skills to Achieve, an effort that invites high school students to participate in a stimulating, one-day program hosted by various corporations. Students learn what skills are needed to succeed in a specific industry, and employee-volunteers teach participating students lessons on financial literacy and workforce readiness using the Junior Achievement (JA) curriculum.

“The Skills to Achieve program developed for Voya Financial by Junior Achievement is a testament to both organizations’ commitment to youthful career exploration and financial success,” Steve St. Amand, president, Junior Achievement of North Florida. “Voya is a leader in financial planning, and Junior Achievement is the world’s largest financial literacy program provider. The partnership will help more young people appreciate the opportunities at their disposal and what they have to do to succeed.”

The launch event took place at Wolfson High School on April 20. The day began with a check presentation, followed by Voya employees teaching Wolfson High School students the JA curriculum designed to advance financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills and workforce preparation.

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“At Voya, we’re committed to supporting and leading initiatives that drive financial awareness and improve education,” said Jeff Machols, Voya leader and JA board member. “We recognize that, for meaningful change to occur, we need great partners like Junior Achievement and the many schools who participate in JA programs. We’re excited to build on our history of support for JA by launching the Skills to Achieve program, which furthers our goal of teaching hands-on, real-world content and fostering skills that will be essential for students to succeed in the future.”

About Voya Financial®

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.6 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2016. The company had $484 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Dec. 31, 2016. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company®. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible and has been recognized as one of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, as well as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.

About Junior Achievement of North Florida

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 56,489 students reached during the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit www.JAjax.com.

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Program Spotlight: JA Ourselves

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JA Ourselves®

Kindergarten

Students learn about:

  • the role of money in society,
  • and practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Practice personal economics by considering choices.
  • Explain the difference between needs and wants.
  • Understand the concept of money, particularly earning and saving.
  • Identify the importance of giving to a worthy cause.

 

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Session One: This or That? Make a Choice

Students practice economics by making personal choices.

Session Two: Do I Need What I Want?

Students begin to understand that people have basic needs and wants and that money-smart people know the difference between them.

Session Three: A Penny Earned

Storybook characters help students learn about ways to earn money.

Session Four: A Penny Saved

Students learn the importance of saving and having a savings goal.

Session Five: A Penny Shared

Through storybook characters, students learn about earning money to help others in their community.

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Bring JA Ourselves to your classroom!

At your invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester. Request JA Personal Finance for your classroom today at JAjax.com.

Become a JA Volunteer!

Join Junior Achievement’s national network of more than 213,000 volunteers and help students in your community connect the dots between what they learn in school and the “business of life”— work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Visit JAjax.com to learn how you can become a JA Volunteer.

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Acknowledging a superhero volunteer during Volunteer Appreciation Week

Halley McKenzie

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Our hardworking volunteers have made an impact on many students’ lives, and for that we thank them!

Halley McKenzie (pictured, with JA North Florida President Steve St. Amand) received the Richard Maxwell Award at the Hall of Fame event in March 2017.

And rightfully so!

Halley has been teaching JA programs for 10 years, is now the volunteer coordinator for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, and has had a hand in nearly 20,000 students receiving JA programs since the start of her involvement with Junior Achievement.

Named after the CEO of JA USA who brought JA programs into the classrooms in the mid-70’s, the Richard Maxwell Award is presented to someone who has not only been an exemplary JA volunteer, but has also worked tirelessly to increase volunteer participation by others presented to someone who is not only an exemplary JA volunteer, but has also worked tirelessly to increase volunteer participation by others.

Congratulations Halley, and thank you for your efforts!

If you or your company would like to get involved like Halley, click here to learn how you can make an impact with Junior Achievement in North Florida.

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