Junior Achievement Guam holds program kickoff event

This article is courtesy of the Pacific Daily News: https://www.guampdn.com/news/junior-achievement-guam-holds-program-kickoff-event/article_143ff1b0-30c7-11ed-8420-7f596e81e38c.html

The Junior Achievement Guam program officially kicked off on Saturday with registration still open.

High school students from across the island gathered in the multipurpose room of Guam Community College to meet each other and learn more about the free 14-week program that teaches the fundamentals of running their own business and solving problems in their community.

The students team up to create and manage their own company to design a product. Each team is mentored and guided by a local sponsoring company.

“The three pillars we have for junior achievement are entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness,” said Joey Miranda III, board chairperson for Junior Achievement Guam.

He said the program’s goal is to help youths understand the process of running a company and encourage interested students to become future business leaders.

“I wanted to dip my toes into financ,e and my friend was in it last year. She told me all about her experiences and it sounded fun and like a good experience to try,” said 15-year-old Academy of Our Lady of Guam student Aelahn Frianaza, who is part of the Graphic Center Inc. team.

As of Saturday, 160 students registered for the program.

Registration for the program is ongoing and open to all high school students until Oct. 4. They can register online at ja-guam.org.

St. John’s Mark Wang, 17, is a student representative and adviser for the Junior Achievement Guam board.

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