Sibi Murugesan, a Senior Strategy Analyst at Best Buy, was recently honored with the 2016-2017 Junior Achievement High School Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of his exceptional commitment to our mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Under his guidance and mentorship, Sibi inspired a talented group of students from Maple Grove High School to start their own business while equipping them with valuable skills that will prepare them for a successful future.
Through the JA Company Program, Sibi mentored his students in creating, marketing and operating their own company. As a volunteer, Sibi served as a role model to these young entrepreneurs by sharing his personal and professional experiences and expertise.
“I had the honor of working with the smartest kids I ever met,” said Sibi. “They got to run a real company and solve actual problems instead of just reading about hypothetical business scenarios. These kids have the motivation and the smarts to do it, they just needed the structure and mentorship to get started. I knew I had been successful as a mentor when they no longer needed my guidance; rather, they acted upon ideas themselves.”
Under Sibi’s guidance, his students’ company placed first in the JAUM Company of the Year competition. The students also represented our region at the JA USA national competition held in June in Washington, D.C., placing third among student-led companies from across the country. Sibi was humbled when the students asked him to join them at the competition in D.C., and was proud to see the culmination of their efforts. Sibi’s passion for entrepreneurship, along with his creativity and commitment as a volunteer, helped to motivate and inspire his students’ success.
Sibi credits Junior Achievement with giving him the opportunity to work with talented young people who are hungry to start a business. He takes pride in the fact that he’s building entrepreneurs who will contribute to the strength of our economy. “JA allows me to give back to the community in a way that is fun and impactful while strengthening my own leadership and mentoring skills.”