Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Junior Achievement re-launching in southeastern New Brunswick

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June 17, 2009
For immediate release

Junior Achievement re-launching in southeastern New Brunswick

MONCTON, N.B. – Students in southeastern New Brunswick will once again have the opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship from local successful business people with the re-launch of the Junior Achievement Company Program – A Student Venture in southeastern New Brunswick.

Junior Achievement gives students the opportunity to acquire basic business knowledge, relevant work experience and to develop interpersonal skills in a unique learning environment. In accepting the challenge and responsibility of owning and operating their own business, participants discover the rewards of teamwork, commitment and individual initiative.

“We are very happy to be expanding our Company Program – A Student Venture high school program back into southeastern New Brunswick after a short break,” said Connie Woodside, president and CEO of Junior Achievement’s New Brunswick chapter. “It’s wonderful to see people from our local business community in the area step up to the plate and take this on of their own free will and time. This will be a tremendous asset to the young people who will learn entrepreneurship skills at the hands of these experts.”

“Our area youth are very fortunate to have business people such as David Hawkins of Colour and David Savoie of Acadian Construction – and many others – stepping forward to make sure this program takes flight again,” Ms. Woodside said. “It’s also encouraging to see the school districts very interested in seeing this happen, as well.”

Guided by business consultants, the young people participating in the program meet weekly for 18 weeks during their high school entrepreneurship class, personal development class or after school. Every aspect of owning and operating a business is covered from developing a business plan, to organizing, managing and liquidating a company.

The initial area Junior Achievement program is scheduled to run after school from October 2009 through to February 2010 in select area schools, with further expansion possible later. The program will be free to students.

“We will be running three groups: one in French and two bilingual (English and French),” Ms. Woodside said. “We are looking for funding for these three groups and require six adult private-sector volunteers per group, so a total of 18 volunteers.

The goals of the program are to:

• Provide an experiential supplement to business and economic education of students to help them better understand how businesses are organized and operated.
• Help students develop critical thinking, speaking and leadership skills.
• Demonstrate the rewards of the free enterprise system.
• Introduce career opportunities and teach basic workforce-readiness skills.
• Foster a positive relationship between our youth and the business community.

Anyone interested in learning more about the local Junior Achievement program and how they can become involved should contact Ryan Richard at 506-457-7420 or jamtn@nb.aibn.com.

For over 50 years, Junior Achievement learning experiences have helped young Canadians discover leadership, entrepreneurial and workforce readiness skills so they can achieve their highest potential as citizens of our global community. Across Canada, Junior Achievement reaches over 250,000 students annually with 15,000 dedicated business volunteers in over 400 communities delivering a suite of 9 curriculum-matched programs. Since 1955, over 3 million Canadian youth have participated in our business and entrepreneurial education programs free-of-charge.

More than three million students will experience Junior Achievement in Canada over the next 10 years through financial contributions and hands-on involvement. Junior Achievement seeks to be the successful link between education and the world of work by giving youth the confidence and knowledge they need to define personal success, enhance their workforce readiness and pursue their dreams.

Junior Achievement advocates business in the community. Through this support, Junior Achievement inspires youth to make better financial decisions, start a company, develop a career plan and express their innovative spirit.

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For more information, please contact:

Connie Woodside
President and CEO
Junior Achievement - NB
506-455-6552

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