JA to Match Local Entrepreneurs with Students during JA Entrepreneurship Week

[JA Entrepreneurship Ad 320x50]Junior Achievement USA will be celebrating JA Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 16 - 22. The initiative, designed to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week, puts entrepreneurs into high school classrooms throughout our community to share what inspired them to start their own businesses and to open students' eyes to the opportunities provided by entrepreneurship.

"JA is known for bringing entrepreneurship education into the classroom," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "What makes this initiative different is that it is an intensive experience designed specifically for today's up-and-coming business owner who might not otherwise have time in his or her busy day to engage as a mentor to young people." Research conducted by JA shows that while young people look up to entrepreneurs such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Theranos's Elizabeth Holmes and music impresario Jay Z, today's teens may be more risk-averse than previous generations and are seeking out mentors and role models to help them gain a better understanding of how to plan for the future.

JA believes it is important to provide young people with an opportunity to engage with entrepreneurs to help them better understand the challenges and benefits of starting a business.

JA Entrepreneurship Week accentuates current JA programs by bringing an inspiring entrepreneur into the classroom for one hour during the week to share his or her experience with students. The program is designed to be simple for the entrepreneurs to implement, but impactful for the teens participating. For example, during a JA experience, students can learn how to create a business plan or successfully interview for a job.Entrepreneurs interested in participating can contact JA at (local contact information).

To learn more about JA Entrepreneurship Week, visit JA.org/Entrepreneurs.

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