JA Launch Lessons

Research conducted by JA shows that while young people admire entrepreneurs such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Honest Beauty’s Jessica Alba, or superstar Taylor Swift, today’s teens may be more risk averse than previous generations. As a result, they are seeking out mentors and role models to help them gain a better understanding of how to plan for the future. We believe it is important to provide young people with an opportunity to engage with entrepreneurs to help them better understand the benefits and challenges of starting a business.

The JA Launch Lesson highlights 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, more than 10,000 students in 400 classrooms in 33 JA areas throughout 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.

We are recruiting entrepreneur volunteers and schools to participate in this program throughout the school year. Entrepreneurs interested in serving as role models, or teachers and youth workers interested in inspiring their students, please contact Liz Guimont at 651-255-0058 or lizg@jaum.org.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Monday, November 13, 2017
South High School – Minneapolis (map)

  • Class 1 (9th grade): 8:20 – 9:10 a.m. (2 volunteers)
  • Class 2 (9th grade): 9:14 – 10:04 a.m. (2 volunteers)
  • Class 3 (9th grade): 2:20 – 3:10 p.m. (2 volunteers)

Contact Alul Yesak at 651-348-7104 to register or for more information.

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