Junior Achievement (JA) of Manitoba is a non-profit organization that teachers financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to Manitoba students. They are gearing up for the 2017-18 academic year and are always recruiting volunteers from the Manitoba business community to deliver the programs.
The after-school “Company Program” is where high school students throughout Winnipeg organize, design and bring a product to market in a 6 month time span. All student businesses sell shares to their company, complete business plans with financials, create a marketing and sales strategy and all teams must create a fully functioning website and social media presence. At the end of the program in March/ April, students bring their product or service to market at organized trade fairs in the malls – making real sales. It’s about as close as running a real business as possible for these students, but without the risk.
They are always on the lookout for new volunteer business mentors who help guide the students through this 20 week program.
Although the students are typically tech savvy – most do not understand the makings of a user friendly website or a proper social media presence for businesses/start-ups. They are seeking ICTAM members (and members of the community) to volunteer/mentor some time with our Winnipeg youth.
Volunteer mentor commitment is 2.5 hours, one night a week at various high-schools and evenings throughout Winnipeg. Program starts in early November and wraps up in April. Ther mentor base ranges widely from CPA’s to engineers to HR specialists and sales and marketing.
All volunteers who mentor with this program are given one free ticket to the largest fundraiser in the spring – the JA Manitoba Business Hall of Fame Gala (www.mbhf.ca) It’s a great networking evening for all those who attend, crowd size is around 500 attendees and consists of a who’s who in the Winnipeg business community.