Junior Achievement celebrates its student run businesses

May 08, 2019 South Western Ontario

May 2, 2019

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Junior Achievement celebrates its student run businesses


LONDON, ON – High school students from Junior Achievement (JA) Company Program celebrated business success and learning at the JA Celebration of Excellence at Fanshawe College on May 1.


Over 200 students from London, St. Thomas, Strathroy, Stratford and Tillsonburg, joined by Company Program (CP) mentors and sponsors at the Celebration last night, topped off six months of hard work:  students had formed 17 separate companies, made a product or developed a service, marketed and sold the product, and along the way overcame challenges as they learned to work as a team and grow their small businesses.


“We are so proud of these youth and congratulate every participant for the personal and entrepreneurial growth they have achieved,” said Bev Robinson, president and CEO of JA London and District. “This success couldn’t have happened without the commitment of our business mentor volunteers and program sponsors, and we sincerely thank them.”


Some of the awards presented at the Celebration of Excellence included:


Outstanding Company of the Year – Strength in Strings, St. Thomas CP (elephant bracelets); Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Coasters 4 Care, London CP (fabric coasters);

Innovation Award – Charged, Stratford CP (portable phone chargers); and, President of the Year Award – Theresa Kelly, Strength in Strings.


The next session of the JA Company Program will begin the week of October 21, 2019. Registration for high school students is open at:


Company Program sponsors: TD, London Community Foundation, RBC Foundation, Auburn Developments, London Chamber of Commerce, Zucora Home, Cadillac Fairview Masonville Place, Union Gas, Amway, Dowler-Karn, Rotary Club of Stratford.






For more information, contact: Karen Chafe, Senior Program Manager, Extension 225


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