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Junior Achievement’s After-School Company Program Returning

Wednesday June 25th, 2014, 10:00am


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After being absent for seven years, this fall, Junior Achievement is making a return of their staple After-School Company Program thanks to the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) who is the first organization to come on board as a sponsor for the program.

JA’s Windsor-Essex Company Program was previously one of the strongest and most popular programs, with deep roots and a reputable history in the community.

The donation from the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) will help to fund one company- which will enable a group of 25 to 30 high school students from Windsor-Essex to participate free of charge. As a team, these students will take part in a 20 week program, where they will be tasked to come up with a viable product idea for the community and will work together to bring the product to market. Through these 20 weeks, students will learn the ropes of Entrepreneurship- including production of a product/service, marketing, sales, management, finance, accounting, organization, communication and much more. Students will be running their own business from the ground up, with the goal of breaking even- or making a profit- by the time the program is complete.

The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) has not only helped to re-ignite the Company Program spark, but has also donated funds to support the delivery of the Dollars with Sense workshop to local students at the grade 7 level. Dollars with Sense helps develop personal money management skills, challenging students to apply these concepts in their own life, starting now!

“We are pleased to put our stamp of support on Junior Achievement programs for the Windsor-Essex area,” states Janet Kelly, President of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918). “Our sponsorship strengthens our commitment to the development of youth into positive and productive citizens by promoting financial literacy and helping them to explore career options and obtain employment skills.”

Members of the business community who may be interested in volunteering as advisers for this 20 week program or for secondary students in grades 10 to 12 interested in participating in the Company Program, can contact Bianca Betschel, at [email protected] or 519-97-2853, to communicate your interest in being involved.

The program gets going in October.

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