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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Scotiabank/Junior Achievement Innovation Camp is a one-day, intensive experience that engages students with entrepreneurial and collaborative learning opportunities.
The goal is for students between 13 and 18 years old to find innovative solutions to a specific challenge faced in the world of business or their community as a team using innovative tools.
This year being the second year that Scotiabank sponsor the camp, the challenge was to create a social media campaign directed towards the youth that promotes the awareness of the importance of the banking industry services and channels digitalization.
The Excellers of the Entrepot Secondary School emerged winners on the national level on April 10th 2018, they were then required to upload their campaign idea in a video and concept paper format to the Junior Achievement Americas App. After receiving confirmation that they had made it to the finals the students then began to prepare for regionals, would put them head to head with countries like Chile, El Salvador, Bahamas, Jamaica, Brazil and others. The students worked hard with their mentor and Junior Achievement teacher advisor Ms. Jancel Mater.
On Friday April 20th 2018, via a web presentation, the students presented their campaign to a panel of judges which included the President of Junior Achievers Americas Leo Martellotto and Roy Rodriguez the Scotiabank Senior Manager for International Philanthropy and Sponsorship among others. The results were announced at 2pm on the same date via the Junior Achievement Americas Facebook page.
The winners for the region was the team from Saint Lucia the Entrepot Secondary School – Excellers with their idea “Scotiabank Bank Your Selfie” promotion, the campaign encouraged young people to take a selfie at the ATM whenever their use that service and share to their social media network using the hashtags #scotiaselfie #bankyourselfie #savingisfun, this would encourage young people to save in a fun and relaxed way and also promote the banks services.
Placing second in the regional competition was Mexico and in third place was Peru. The students and mentor/teacher advisor won an all-expense paid trip to Mexico to the Junior Achievers 1st Annual Youth Global Forum in July 2018. This forum will bring together young people from around the world for a week of world-class keynote speakers, alumni panels, entrepreneurship workshops, business competitions, recreational activities, team-building activities, and more.
The program will not only inspire participants but also empower and prepare them for their future careers and endeavors. Additional activities and training for teachers, chaperones, JA staff, board members, and other non-student attendees will keep all participants engaged.
Upon receiving the news of the students place in the competition Mr Arthur Scott the Principal was very elated and congratulated the teacher and students. Mr Scott noted that Ms.Mater continue to make strides in the education industry through mentoring and advising the students. The Entrepot Secondary School management and staff would like to congratulate the team of students namely Shewkan Nestor, Touya Jn Baptiste, Tameka Raymond, Jenna Christophe and Sicia Mathurin and teacher/ mentor Jancel Mater, and also encourage other students to be a part of an extracurricular activity at the school.