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JA Guam 2023 Company Program registration open for high school students

Fouha Crafts, winner of the 2021-2022 JA Guam Company of the Year program sponsored by Title Guaranty of Guam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hagatna, Guam

Junior Achievement of Guam is pleased to announce that it is now accepting registrations for this year’s Company of the Year program. 

Registration for high school students interested in learning how to start and run a business can be found online at ja-guam.org or https://bit.ly/3djxTeE. All high school students are invited to join the program. 

The annual kickoff will be held on Saturday, September 10 at the Guam Community College. 

From selling stocks, coming up with a product, implementing a marketing plan, to learning how to prepare a financial statement, students will be able to gain hands-on experience in running their own business. Each team will be mentored by a local sponsoring company, meeting once every week,  in order to guide students over the course of the 12 week program. 

The goal of the program is to empower students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community along with providing practical skills required to conceptualize, capitalize, and manage their own business enterprise. 

“This annual program has been a staple of JA Guam.  It teaches the three pillars of JA Worldwide:  Financial Literacy, Work Readiness, and Entrepreneurship. It also gives our participants an opportunity to work with and learn from business organizations on the island” said Joey Miranda III, JA Guam Board Chairperson. 

“Students will be able to learn how to develop and initiate a business plan from start to finish. This includes the experiential learning opportunity of handling the operational, technical, financial, and leadership aspects of running a company. Each team will also be guided through the liquidation process at the end of the program as well” said Pinki Lujan, Executive Director of JA Guam.  

Team members can expect to commit a minimum of two hours a week to the program, said Lujan. 

“Time commitments will vary depending on a student’s role and responsibilities. For example, a participant with an officer position can expect to dedicate more hours each week as they are taking on a management role”, added Lujan.

The program ends January 2023 with multiple team and individual awards such as Company of the Year and President of the Year up for grabs. Summer internships will also be offered to individual award winners. Officers of the winning team may have an opportunity to travel off island to represent Guam in the JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year program.

For more information, please email pinki.lujan@jaguam.org.   

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