JA Entrepreneurship Week


A Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 16-22, 2015) is a time to honor and celebrate entrepreneurs all over the country. The initiative, designed to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week, will put entrepreneurs into high school classrooms across America during the week to share what inspired them to start their own businesses and to open students' eyes to the opportunities provided by entrepreneurship. 

To help engage entrepreneurs, JA will be working with several organizations, including the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

 
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Did you know…?

An aging population has led to a rising share of new entrepreneurs between the ages of 55-64. This group represented 14.8 percent of new entrepreneurs in 1996, whereas it represented 25.8 percent of new entrepreneurs in 2014.

However new entrepreneurs who are Millennials—those in the 20–34 age range—decreased from 34.3 percent in 1996 to 24.7 percent in 2014. JA knows that now, more than ever, young people need to learn what it takes to be successful in the business world so they can launch businesses and contribute to our global economy.

During JA Entrepreneurship Week, JA will put entrepreneurs into high school classrooms across America to share what inspired them to start their own businesses and to open students' eyes to the opportunities provided by entrepreneurship.

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.

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. 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 alumnus and founder of Hawaiian Chip Company Jimmy Chan speaks to JA of Hawaii supporters at Hotel Coral Reef in Kappa on Friday, Sept. 11. Photo courtesy of The Guardian Island.

JA alumnus and founder of Hawaiian Chip Company Jimmy Chan speaks to JA of Hawaii supporters at Hotel Coral Reef in Kappa on Friday, Sept. 11. Photo courtesy of The Guardian Island.

Find out how JA changed the life of one young person and helped turn him into a successful entrepreneur!

JA alumnus and founder of Hawaiian Chip Company Jimmy Chan credits Junior Achievement for his achievements.

"JA really helped me out a lot. Not just with my business, but in life. ‘"JA really helped me get a good sense of what good work ethic is, how to deal with failure and adversity."

Read more about Jimmy's success story now!


To find out about JA Entrepreneurship Week activities taking place in your community, contact your local JA Area office.