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An Entrepreneur with a Sweet Spot for JA

Students are not the only ones who learn from JA…our volunteers do, too!

Meet Denis Ring, the Founder of Ocho Chocolate Candy, located in Oakland, California. A candy store that prides itself on great tasting organic candy bars.

In November, Ring decided to trade in his chocolate for a richer experience—volunteering with Junior Achievement for National Entrepreneurship Month.

“The students at Madison Park responded both intellectually and emotionally to the idea that they should really give themselves permission to dream,” Ring stated. “As the time passed, it was clear they were listening and engaged because of the questions they were asking.”

Yet, Ring didn’t expect his invitation into Madison Park Academy 7th grade classroom to be as sweet of a realization for the future of business.

“When I was in 7th grade the term ‘entrepreneurship’ was never heard, so we never really thought about these kinds of possibilities. It’s healthy and promising to see kids listening and thinking about how entrepreneurship happens,” Ring reflected.

Further proving the importance of exposing young people to the impact of entrepreneurship, research indicates that entrepreneurial mentorship creates more than an engaging experience through programs like JA, it also has the potential to create more entrepreneurs. 

A study conducted by Stanford determined that 37 percent of students who had entrepreneur-mentors went on to start or join new companies, compared to 28 percent of those whose mentors were not entrepreneurs.

Ring hopes his involvement will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs: “When they got home that night, they talked about the guy they heard at school who started a candy company. But, more importantly, I hope they fell asleep thinking about what they might do as entrepreneurs.” 

" How The Right Mentor Can Foster Young Entrepreneurs." School of Engineering. N. p., 2017. Web. 9 Jan. 2018.

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  • "In 4th grade, I learned about being an entrepreneur. I now own my own vending machine company, which helped me earn money to help buy our family dog."

    -Mathews Elementary Student, Plano ISD
  • "I learned that companies are looking for candidates who show they are ready to work hard and have a solid résumé."

    -Kimball High School Student, Dallas ISD
  • "When the business people come in and work with our students, it gives students a real life application and how it relates to their future."

    -Townley Elementary Principal, Irving ISD
  • "Starting with elementary school Junior Achievement I remember it being one of the best parts of the year. I got to have someone new come in and share about their life and how my future could be successful too!"

    -Alum & Volunteer
  • "That experience impacted the trajectory of my career. Today, I owned a 13 year old marketing consulting and coaching firm. Thank you JA for exposing me to my destiny."

    -Alum
  • "We not only make their lives better, but we potentially enrich all of our own lives."

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