Entrepreneurship month 2018 | Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina

NOvember IS Entrepreneurship Month! 
High School teachers: contact susan.spencer@ja.org to request an entrepreneur in your classroom.

In November 40 local entrepreneurs will get the chance to inspire close to 1000 high school students through JA Launch. This initiative places entrepreneurs in individual high school classrooms throughout our community to share what inspired them to start their businesses and to open students' eyes to the risks, rewards, and mindset of entrepreneurship.

These dynamic entrepreneurs will spend just one hour in a high school classroom to share their experiences with students. The program is designed to be simple for the entrepreneurs to implement, and impactful for the teens participating. Research conducted by JA shows that today's teens may be more risk averse than previous generations and are seeking out mentors and role models to help them gain a better understanding of how to plan for the future. Students will have the opportunity to engage with entrepreneurs and will come away with a better understanding of the challenges and benefits of starting a business.

If you are an entrepreneur, can spare one hour in November to talk to high school students, and want to inspire young people, please email Susan Spencer.  You will choose the time, location, and school most convenient for you.  We will provide an outline to help you plan the 50-60 minute discussion (which you can use or toss!). 
Guide to Entrepreneurs:  Launch Lesson Outline and Suggested Guidelines 

High School Teachers:
If you are a high school administrator or teacher of a business-oriented class and you would like an entrepreneur to come to your classroom for one hour, please email Susan Spencer.  We will coordinate your schedule with that of a volunteer and provide additional resources for you to properly prepare your students to maximize the impact of this program.
Guide to Educators:  Preparation and Launch Lesson Outline

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