Future Foundation students get real-world experience
Our vision: A community where all youth become self-sustainable adults. We work to do this every day by employing kids with tools to succeed. That’s what fifteen, 10th to12th grade students from Future Foundation’s College 4 Careers program are doing right now as Junior Achievement (JA) Fellows.
Through this in-depth, leadership and entrepreneurship program, students gain real-world business experience by working in teams to conceptualize, capitalize, and manage a small business. During the course of the 18-week program, teams are hosted and advised by top metro Atlanta companies who provide insight around larger concepts, such as market research and financial management.
Our College 4 Careers students are receiving guidance from professionals at Suntrust Bank who are providing volunteers from marketing, finance, human resources, product development and other areas to teach the students about various careers.
The students launched the project in October by developing a “company” called Pintage which designs unique, fashionable clothing pins. The company is financed through investors who purchase shares for $5 each.
As a JA Fellow, students develop the skills and knowledge that will set them apart when competing for scholarships, college acceptance and eventually a spot in the global marketplace.
The program culminates at the annual competition, held in March, where teams showcase their businesses’ success and compete for scholarships, internships, and the title of Company of the Year.
Watch for updates about the College 4 Career students in our newsletter during 2013.