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JA COMPANY PROGRAM

JA COMPANY PROGRAM

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

JA Company Program teaches senior secondary level students how to start and run their own business, develop a product or service, and market their brand with the support of a volunteer. Students come together to form a company, choose a business name and elect company officers to oversee operations of the company for the program duration. It teaches students to put theory into practice in order to fully understand what entrepreneurship is.  The offices held include: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Director of Production, and Marketing, Finance and Human Resources Managers. The students conduct market research to develop a business plan, raise capital by selling shares of stock, decide on what to produce and produce it, market and sell their products, keep proper financial records, pay dividends to investors and use 10 percent (10%) of their profit for corporate social responsibility (CSR). At the end of the program, the students that complete the program successfully and submit an annual report to JAN will qualify for a regional competition and the best student company from each region will represent their school in the National Company of the Year competition in Lagos. The winning school will go on to represent Nigeria in the African Regional Company of the year competition with other JA Member Nations in Africa.

The program is available for both in-school or after-school implementation, and may be completed during one-semester or throughout an entire school year.

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

Classroom-Based

PROGRAM DURATION

13 Weeks

PROGRAM GRADE LEVEL

Senior Secondary School

PROGRAM CONCEPTS

Annual report, Business plan, Capitalization, Company structure, Entrepreneurial facts, myths, and traits, Financial tools, Launch the company, Leadership, Liquidate, Marketing, Personal action plan, Pitch, Product development process, Product and service evaluation, Quality control, Sales techniques, Supply chain, SWOT analysis.

PROGRAM SKILLS

Accountability, Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Decision making, Idea development, Leadership, Product evaluation, Public speaking, Sales, Self-assessment, Synthesizing and evaluating information, Teamwork

PROGRAM SESSION

Click on the session titles below to read details of each session.

Students examine their own entrepreneurial traits, how those traits fit within the Company structure, and explore potential ways to fund their venture.

Students brainstorm potential products and services that could fill a need or solve a problem and determine which business ideas should be vetted further.

Students conduct research on their top product or service ideas and decide on which idea to move forward with based on a series of factors.

Students form business teams and begin to develop their business plan through a series of specialized tasks.

Business teams report on their tasks and findings to the entire Company and come to a consensus on major decisions as they launch the business and finalize their business plan.

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Each week, business teams meet to provide status updates to the entire Company, review their priorities, and accomplish tasks to meet Company goals and objectives.

Students conclude remaining company business operations, liquidate the Company, and decide what to do with the profits.

Students create their own personal action plan using the knowledge and experience gained throughout the program.

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