(PRESS RELEASE) — As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship. For 100 years on a global platform, JA has delivered hands-on, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
In Saint Lucia, the JA program since its introduction in 1996, has impacted the lives of 45,000 students. With 40 companies supporting the program on the island, 60 schools involved and 300 volunteers, it is a true testament to the influence that JA has on the local community. In the Saint Lucian society, JA creates pathways for employability, job creation, and financial success.
In commemoration of 100, since the rollout of the Junior Achievement Worldwide program, the first-ever global alumni community called “Gather” was launched together with the JA’s Centennial “I am JA” campaign which offers an opportunity for innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, and managers, who got their start in JA, to share with the world how they are changing the world.
Alumni of Junior Achievement recently convened for the soft launch of the Saint Lucia Chapter of the Gather on Saturday, September 21, 2019, where an interim board for the JA St Lucia Alumni Gather was commissioned as per the highlighted below.
Executive Director of JA St Lucia: Ms. Agnella Joseph
Chairperson: Ms. Ava St. Ange
Vice Chair: Ms. Vangie Charles
Secretary: Ms. Kendra Gaston
Public Relations: Mr. Glen Lake
Finance: Ms. Nina William & Mr. John Altius
Mobilization: Ms. Genitta Pascall & Mr. Kirby Sydney
Public Relations Officer to the interim board and 2006 National Top Achiever Mr. Glen Lake commented: “I have gotten this far in my career because of Junior Achievement; the core values it instilled in me pushed me forward and helped me to excel. Having lived, studied and worked overseas, it is astounding the amount of doors which were opened by simply incorporating Junior Achievement into my CV or by wearing my JA pin.”
Lake urged other alumni of the program to join in the global movement: “Junior Achievement is all around us; the span of alumni crosses borders and societal boundaries, and this is an amazing opportunity for us to do our part to change the world. Persons who have participated in Junior Achievement need only reach out to us on social media…Let us create a strong network of heavy hitters.”