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Junior Achievement helps students to pursue success and reach their goals by equipping them with the necessary skills for the business world. Junior Achievement helps one discover new career paths that someone may not have thought of before. This exposure to careers is great for any age. There are so many options from going to College, University, apprenticeships, working and more. No matter what you decide on, you will be successful with the skills JA has provided you with. 

Like many students last Fall, I had not yet decided what I wanted to pursue for my secondary education. I have many interests from film, to history and programming. I had only just been introduced to business in a course I had taken in the past year, but it led me to the Company Program which allowed me to learn about entrepreneurship, and acquire hand on skills of how to start my own business! It made me feel confident that I could express my passions through entrepreneurship. I will now be attending university to study Business management in the fall.  #FromHeretoThere 

Other Achievers have gone on to work in many different fields, still carrying the skills the JA experience gave them. This week I would like to highlight an achiever and his JA experience!

"I believe the Company Program improved my awareness of new career opportunities, it enhanced critical-thinking, and introduced me to presentation and leadership skills. Personally, I’m a kinesthetic learner. Junior Achievement has had more of an impact on my education than school ever will - I believe this is because of the experiential learning component." - Alfred Burgesson

No matter what adventure awaits you, the JA experience will get you there.



Thank You!

Junior Achievement Blog

Last week was all about thanking the people that make the Junior Achievement experience possible. Without the generous support of our donors and volunteers, Junior Achievement would not be able to develop and deliver the programming that they do to for students across Nova Scotia. The commitment of donors and volunteers through the years has made sure students have the opportunity to learn about being an entrepreneur, gain valuable workplace skills and learn about financial literacy.

Company program and the In school programs would not be possible without the volunteers that dedicate their time each year. If you are a volunteer, I want to thank you for giving your time and helping students like myself succeed and learn so much from the JA programs that you deliver! Your expertise and enthusiasm make each program you deliver unique and motivating for students!

JA offices hosted a Thank-A-Thon last week and we had five achievers come, and call each donor and personally thank them for their support. They did a very good job and had a really fun day. If you are a donor, thank you so much for your support! I also want to personally thank the donors and volunteers for providing me with the opportunity to participate in the Company Program which empowered me to pursue Business Management for my secondary education. 

Thank you so much for your support and dedication to Junior Achievement may it be your time as an volunteer or your generous contributions as a donor. By supporting Junior Achievement you are making a lasting impact on Nova Scotian students by empowering them to become the young business leaders of tomorrow! 

Thank you so much!



10 Things only JA Achievers from Company Program will get



Nerves before Pitch It!

Being nervous is natural and expected when public speaking is involved, but all of us are nervous about Pitch It! Despite all the nerves everyone does a really great job presenting their pitches, and it is a really fun day overall.

After finishing your elevator pitch

Upon finishing your elevator style pitch, it is your chance to breathe, relax and enjoy watching the other pitches. Gaining pitching skills is so important and Pitch It is a great opportunity to hone those skills.

Not everything will go according to plan...

Throughout the program every company experiences challenges and unexpected things that will happen. From a member dropping out to navigating problems around making your product, we all encounter testing situations. Though we all learn something from them. As a group we learn how to overcome these challenges, and persevere.

When your group comes up with their idea

Once you start brainstorming in your group, there is usually no shortage of ideas and narrowing down the decision is not always easy. But once the idea is selected it is so exciting to have an idea that you can now work on and make a reality!

No matter the product, you make sure it has an unique spin

No matter what idea your group decides on, the product will always have an innovative aspect to it. Everyone's product or services are always unique and stand out from the crowd!

Impressed by the other companies products or services

Everyone is proud of their own idea, but watching other pitches and other companies at Trade Fair you get to see so many cool ideas. The products and services people have come up with and executed are always really impressive.

The Business Hall of the Fame has the best food

For everyone who has gone to the Business Hall of Fame, they know that the food is incredible! The event is such a great opportunity to network and honour business leaders in Nova Scotia while enjoying amazing cuisine. 

You get to say you have run your own business

Company program gives you an unique experience you can share with others and put on a resume! Company program looks great on a resume because it means that you took on a challenge, worked as a team and problem solved to start your own business. 

Having to say goodbye to everyone at the end of the program

As a part of Company program everyone meets new people from across the province at the many different events hosted throughout the year. New friends are made during the program and saying goodbye to them at the end of the program is difficult, but hopefully you will see them again in Company program next year!

JA is for everyone!

Junior Achievement is truly for everyone, the only criteria is that your are a high school student. No matter your skill level or background everyone is welcome to join Company program and be a part of an unforgettable experience!

JA is the best!

Junior Achievement is really the best, because it offers an unique experience for you to start your own business and learn so many important business skills while still in high school! JA truly moulds young minds into entrepreneurial spirits.

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