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JA Academy

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An after-school program where highly-motivated high school students explore the world of business by forming and managing their own company!

Dates and Times

JA Academy - Boston: Tuesdays 3:30-6:00 pm - January-April 2018 at GE
JA Academy - Northern Essex Community College (Downtown Lawrence Campus): Wednesdays 3:30-6:00 pm - January-April 2018
JA Academy - Boston: Thursdays 3:30-6:00 pm - January-April 2018 at Aloft Boston Seaport

About JA Academy

Developed by Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JANNE), JA Academy is an after-school program where highly-motivated high school students explore the world of business by forming and managing their own company.  
JA Academy participants are guided by a mentor team comprised of volunteers who are business professionals and/or students from local universities.
JA Academy meeting lessons address topics such as business ethics, teamwork, leadership, and goal-setting, as well as how students should execute the day-to-day operations of their venture. Over the course of thirteen sessions, students elect their own leadership team, develop and execute a business plan, produce and sell a product, hold department meetings to report on their progress, and build relationships with students from other schools and communities. The JA curricula utilizes a blended learning platform and reflects the modern process for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
JA Academy has been hosted at area colleges, corporate and community-based sites including: Capital One 360 Cafe, PwC, JA Worldwide, Northeastern University, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Deloitte. Students learn about the corporate environment, future careers and the educational and professional pathways of corporate volunteers.
To maximize the experience, JA recruits and selects Volunteer Mentors to coach students to develop their marketing, sales, finance, management, and other skills needed to successfully run their companies. Volunteer Mentors share their respective backgrounds and experiences by providing career and educational highlights to help students understand various career paths.
Previous JA Academy participants have been given the opportunity to participate in the JA Student Leadership Summit and national student competition, gain access to JA scholarships, and speak before influential leaders at JA events such as the Spirit of JA Celebration.
We are not currently accepting any more student applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Please check back at a later date to apply for the 2018-2019 JA Academy

Need more information?

For more information about JA Academy, how to become a mentor, host a JA Academy at your organization, or apply for the program, please email Deirdre O'Connor Mitchell.
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