National Entrepreneurship Month

Learn how we’re cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurs
Watch our video featuring Stress Less, a student-led JA Company from Edison High School


Volunteer Entrepreneurs Needed to Inspire Local Students
To kick off National Entrepreneurship Month in November, we’re partnering with local entrepreneurs to help cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit that resides in today’s youth.

Through single-visit, turnkey volunteer experiences called JA Launch Lessons, we’re connecting entrepreneurs and students across our three-state region. These lessons compliment current JA programs by bringing an inspiring entrepreneur into the classroom for one hour during the week to share his or her experience with students. The program is designed to be simple for the entrepreneurs to implement, but impactful for the teens participating. For example, during the JA experience, students can learn how to create a business plan or successfully interview for a job.

Last year, nearly 50,000 students in 1,735 classrooms in 49 JA areas across the country participated in JA Launch Lesson. Among students surveyed, 81% were motivated to learn more about entrepreneurship, while 98% of entrepreneurs surveyed said they enjoyed the experience and would volunteer again.

Additional volunteer opportunities are available through JA Company Program and JA Be Entrepreneurial for volunteers interested in inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. If you are an entrepreneur interested in volunteering, or an educator interested in having an entrepreneur speak to your students, please contact Beth Tomscak at beth@jaum.org.

JA’s entrepreneurship programs put students on a pathway to success

Meet our Entrepreneurship Pathway team – Beth Tomscak and William Totimeh

As part of our commitment to youth entrepreneurship, we have invested heavily in programs along our entrepreneurship pathway. Starting in elementary school, students are introduced to basic economic and business concepts. These concepts are strengthened in middle and high school through programs like JA BizTown, JA Company Program, and JA LaunchU! Our goal is to ensure that students graduate from high school with an entrepreneurial mindset so we can cultivate a pipeline of entrepreneurs to strengthen our economy and our workforce. We have assembled an impressive team to champion this goal. Beth Tomscak is our new Entrepreneurship Pathway Director, and William Totimeh is our Entrepreneurship Pathway High School Program Manager. With their support, we’re cultivating a generation of innovative thinkers who are prepared to launch their own business venture or contribute to a thriving workforce.

Meet our Otto Bremer Student Entrepreneurs of the Year

Brandon Arneson
2019 – Minnesota
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Michael Cao
2018 – Minnesota
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Ian Lim
2017 – Minnesota
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Conor Friedmann
2016 – Minnesota
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Jonathan Wang
2015 – Minnesota
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Hannah Lundquist
2019 – North Dakota
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Ethan Olson
2018 – North Dakota
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Jenny Bazile
2017 – North Dakota
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Lisa Tellinghuisen
2016 – North Dakota
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Teens and Entrepreneurship Survey
In October 2018, JA USA and EY joined to survey parents and teens about their opinions regarding entrepreneurship. More than 1,000 teens and 1,000 parents of teens participated. Watch the video for a summary of the findings and read the full survey here.