It’s Junior Achievement Month. Pictou County Junior Achievement program is part of a worldwide, non for profit organization. Its primary goals are to promote entrepreneurship, financial literacy and how to run a business, all for the youth in our communities.
The program in Pictou County is run by volunteers Shannon MacLean and Willa Kray, both mentors and both with more than three years of promoting Junior Achievement programs. Students from grades 9-12 can join the program at the beginning of their school year.
The two explained that students create their own company, they run it, make the product, market and sell it. Each student has a role in the company. Shoppers can find JA products at the local farmers market in downtown New Glasgow, or contact them for more information or purchasing by email.
Karmen MacLean, president of the Pictou County program, explains that in the beginning of the program, each student would bring in prototypes. They then would select the prototype they want to make and then market it. Marble necklaces were the chosen product this year. The production team does everything from cutting the chain to putting on the eyehooks and pendant. MacLean also added they do their own packaging.
February is a busy month for members. The provincial “Pitch It Competition,” which can be found on Facebook and Twitter, gives students an opportunity to “pitch” their ideas. On Feb. 11, a door-to-door campaign will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Entrepreneurs Night is set for Feb. 12, Junior Achievement’s Birthday Bash is Feb. 18 at the North End Rec Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. Heading towards the end of the month, sales wrap during the week of Feb. 25.
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