Junior Achievement’s After School Company Program provides students in Grades 9-12 with the opportunity to explore organizing and operating an actual business enterprise. The Company Program is designed as an immersive experience for students to engage their own ideas, their team, and their abilities to grow and organize their business as a team, with the guidance of an experienced mentor.
Through the program students will gain an understanding of the significance of entrepreneurship and innovation in today’s economy, discover the risks and rewards of starting a business, solve real business challenges, learn to incorporate and capitalize by selling shares, produce and market a product or service, use an excel based record keeping tool to record sales and finances, and more.
Students will not only learn about how businesses function, they will be given the opportunity to incorporate their ideas and imagination into real projects. Company Program also subscribes to UN’s 18 Sustainable Development Goals, and assists achievers in implementing them into their companies – equipping them to take their skills into a rapidly expanding global economy.
Teacher Led Class
Self Directed Program
Volunteer Facilitated Program
As a mentor for after-school Company Program, you will work with youth to reach their goals and learn new skills. With the training and support of the JA Office you will lead youth through an 18-week program that involves opening, operating, and liquidating their own business. Meetings run weekly for 2 1/2 hours, and volunteers can expect to spend an additional 30 minutes preparing each week.
You will build your mentorship and facilitation skills while helping our next future leaders learn the skills they need to succeed.
As a Company Program Advisor, your responsibilities are:
Group members will be introduced to the concept of “ideation” as they begin to brainstorm product and service ideas. This phase will allow students to get to know each other and establish expectations about the program. Participants will build their team norms, practice pitching, and learn about prototyping.
In this Phase, students will pitch their ideas in their groups and vote on a product/service and then begin to develop their business plan and determine venture funding. The management team will be formed, and everyone will find a role within the company.
In this phase, students complete the Business Model Canvas and Mission Statement as they create KPIs and work plans. Success in this phase requires group negotiation, mentorship, and the importance of delegation. Optionally, students can work to incorporate their Business Model Canvas sections into a Lean Business Plan with templates provided.
In this phase, all teams begin to implement their plan and begin to make their goals reality. Many activities are ongoing. Students will participate in production, marketing, selling, and financial responsibilities within this phase.
In the Achieve phase students begin the process of concluding company operations, liquidating assets, closing books and accounts and preparing to issue final reports.