Posted on February 10, 2017

Members Bring Business to Life

Eight members of our Clubs demonstrated to staff that they were prepared for more responsibility and commitment. Through the Junior Achievement program, these members are benefiting from an experiential learning opportunity – one that allows them to dream up their own business and bring it to life as a group.

Junior Achievement members create a brand, a budget, a product, and then sell the product. This process involves research and time, but it allows members to have an understanding of entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy firsthand.

 

This year, individuals involved in the program created a logo featured on T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts for sale (pictured right).This customized apparel allows members to receive a percentage of every sale they secure individually, though most of the profit is returned to the program budget. Fortunately, students have the guidance of Roger, a retired IBM employee and dedicated volunteer. “Mr. Roger,” as he is known to students, leads the group through the entire entrepreneurial process. Of his experience, he shared that “watching the lights come on when [students] figure out how business works” is most exciting. He volunteers his time because the students keep active and engaged.

 

Stacey, one of the senior members of the group, explained, “It’s a learning experience for me. I’ve learned to enhance my leadership skills.” Another member, Brianna, shared, “I like Junior Achievement because we’re learning how to start a business at a young age. It is also good for my resume when I apply to college.” Faith, another entrepreneur, reflected, “Junior Achievement lets us express ourselves and learn about how to make money.” Experiencing the entrepreneurial process start to finish for these students is a unique opportunity that ensures they understand the importance of developing business strategies at a critical age.

 

Interested in supporting members in this endeavor? Email thallowell@bgccolumbus.org to arrange an order.

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