JA of Central Texas Summer Camp 2017

JA Entrepreneurship Camp

JA Entrepreneurship Camp is a hands-on, two-week business entrepreneurship camp for rising 8th – 12th grade high school students. Campers will learn entrepreneurship skills and how to become leaders in their own financial decisions by starting an actual business venture. Local business leaders and educators deliver interactive, creative, and fun hands-on curriculum and provide real-world perspective. The camp includes a friendly pitch competition and culminates with a celebration. The JA Entrepreneurship Camp provides a much-needed learning opportunity for young people who are close to being in a world full of financial responsibility and opportunity. Campers are encouraged to bring a snack or brown bag lunch. 

When:  June 5 – 15, Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Travis Early College High School, The Makerspace, 1211 E Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704.
Who: Rising 8th – 12th grade high school students
Cost: $500 per student. For information on available scholarships, please contact  lauren@jacentex.org

JA - a perfect fit outside of school

TIffany Dudley and other Austin Links Mentors teach the JA Company Program 

TIffany Dudley and other Austin Links Mentors teach the JA Company Program 

Tiffany Dudley,  a JA Alumna and leader at Dell, serves as the Chair for Services to Youth for the Austin (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Passionate about fostering entrepreneurship in kids, Tiffany saw a strong need for the youth served by The Austin Links to learn entrepreneurship skills outside of the traditional school setting. Partnering with JA allowed The Austin Links to leverage the proven curriculum of the JA Company Program to meet their goals of fostering youth entrepreneurship. If you are a community youth leader and would like an opportunity to host a JA program, please contact us here.  

First of all Tiffany, tell us what The Austin Links is and why are you involved with them.  The Austin Links are distinguished women who are decision makers, influencers, achievers, and make a difference in their communities.  Their sisterliness and genuine interest in positively impacting the lives of African American youth is what attracted me most.

You are on the supply chain leadership team at Dell. Tell us more about what you do.  I am the North America Retail Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment Leader. My team enables improved supply chain efficiency through collaborative transparency with our business partners.

Tell us why The Austin Links is working with JA.  We chose JA as a partner for our I'm A Linkpreneur! High School Program because of its longstanding JA Company Program.

I understand you are not the only Austin Links mentor who is a JA Alumna.   Correct! There are many of our members, including myself, who participated in the JA Company Program as youth and recognize the valuable imprint the program has had on us. When The Austin Links mentors first met the I'm A Linkpreneur! students this year, we shared our personal JA Company experiences. This is evidence of how many people JA and specifically, the JA Company Program, has touched.  

I understand that youth mentoring is key mission for The Austin Links. Tell us how JA fits in.  Since both JA and The Austin Links are focused on positive youth programming, a partnership has enabled us to work together on our aligned goals and to foster a 1x1 mentoring relationship with the students.  Use of JA Company Program curriculum has allowed us to expose students to STEM, finance, entrepreneurship, preparing them for success in our global economy.

Tell us about the company the students have started.  The company is called TeenDigital Pro. It is a photo scanning and imaging business with a focus on preserving family photos.

I understand you'd like the Linkpreneur students to attend the JA National Leadership Conference.  Yes, attending the conference is the stretch goal the students have set to validate success of their business.  It will also afford the students the opportunity to network with other student entrepreneurs and provide them hands-on business experience.  

Any advice you’d give other community leaders who might want to implement JA outside of a school setting?  Be flexible and committed. Most high school students are involved in a lot of extracurricular activities so it takes a balancing act, but it is definitely achievable.

Can you speak to any unique challenges women of color may face when pursuing entrepreneurship?  Women entrepreneurs of color tend to have a greater challenge getting their business financed.  Although obtaining financing is a shared challenge among entrepreneurs, the number of loans awarded to women entrepreneurs of color is significantly less than males and their female counterparts.  As a result, women of color tend to self-fund a significant portion of their business.   

How could JA be a potential solution to any of those challenges?  JA's youth programming provides financial literacy, which will help young ladies of color, as well as all youth, to be more financially astute.  The JA Company Program exposes youth to the possibility of owning their own business, whereas most students look to just get a "good" job.  That is a different mindset!  JA's continued exposure of youth to entrepreneurial and other business concepts is one way JA provides a solution to these challenges.

JA Student of the Month

JA Student of the Month, Anika

JA Student of the Month, Anika

Would you please tell us about yourself?    My name is Anika and I'm an 8th grader at Canyon Vista Middle School. I participated in JA’s It’s My Business Program in the fall semester, 2016.

What was your favorite part? My favorite part of JA was the part where we got to make a prototype of our project. I loved this part because it enabled me to use my creativity and be practical at the same time. I got to envision the final product and keep working out the kinks and flaws in our company, EZcon.

Did you learn anything about yourself during the program? I learned a lot more than I expected about myself during the program. I learned that I am an overachiever because I wanted to do a marketing video, life sized prototype, along with a well-polished presentation. I also however learned that I follow through on what I start, because my group and I achieved all these things. Lastly, I learned that I want to consider being an entrepreneur as a career choice.

How did your thoughts about Entrepreneurship change as a result of the program? At first I regarded Entrepreneurship as boring and easy. Over the course of the program I learned so much about what it takes to be an Entrepreneur and how the products that come out of entrepreneurship can change lives and open doors for people. Now all I think about is what I can create and how it can help people. For example, when I went to India over winter break, I spent hours perfecting and adding to a notebook with ample ideas on products I could make and sell to better the lives of the poor people living there (I even made a prototype of a type of shoe that is made with affordable materials for the poor). Before JA I would have never thought to do these things, but now I feel compelled to be as much of an entrepreneur as I can be.

What skills do you think JA helped you get better with? I feel that I got better with time management for sure, not over planning what my group and I could do, and being realistic.

Would you recommend that Canyon Vista have JA next year? Why? I would 10,000% for sure recommend the program again because it teaches kids so many life skills and valuable lessons like everything I said above. It also makes us think of the many problems and gets us wondering what a kid like us can do to fix these problems!

Featured Teacher

Debra McClure, Travis High School

Debra McClure, Travis High School

How long have you been a teacher?  20 Twenty years in total, 8 at Travis High School.

Why a teacher? What are you committed to?  I am committed to bringing as much value to the classroom as possible. I want the students to walk away having learned something that will help them in their lives. I want to help them break the cycle of defeat that many of them experience. 

What was your experience with JA? This was my first experience with JA and I was so impressed! Through JA, students gain a real learning experience they wouldn’t get anywhere else. Because the program is very hands-on, JA makes business less foreign and more personal, more possible for the students.

Any “Ah Ha” Moments?  It was eye-opening for me to see that entrepreneurship is a career path students are interested in, especially social entrepreneurship. Another "Ah-Ha" was seeing the students realize they could be in charge of their own lives. They gained a respect for business, and what the students thought about their future potential changed as a result of JA.

What do you do in your spare time when you aren’t teaching at Travis High School? I also am an entrepreneur.  Outside of school, I do design for print and web. http://www.dmlogodesign.com/   My colleague, Marie Harpin, and I also sell our Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials. Teachers from as far away as Australia and Scotland have purchased our tutorials. http://techworkbooks.dmlogodesign.com/.

What would you tell other teachers about JA?  DO IT!  Take the opportunity and bring JA into your school.

 

E2 - Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Summit for Young Women

Young Women

JA and EY announce  E2 - Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Summit for Young Women 2017

The E2 Summit, planned for May 16, 2017 in downtown Austin, is a day-long event for young women in grades 9-11. Sessions will be led by a diverse group of role models passionate about empowering young women to be successful. Attendees will learn fundamentals for career success and practice networking and preparing a resume. Participants will also have an opportunity to experience the initial steps of a business startup through JA It's My Business, with each session building toward a product-pitch competition.

After the E2 Summit, young women will have a range of opportunities to build upon their Summit experience. Options for one-to-one mentoring, financial workshops, and even running a start-up through the JA Company Program will be made available to all young women who wish to continue learning and growing throughout the year. Apply to be a mentor here.

Lauren Weronick, JACT Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, created the E2 Summit after a meeting with local women entrepreneurs uncovered common themes each experienced as young women. Lauren decided to connect inspiring female role models with young women who may not have the support they need to reach their full potential.

With the generous support of EY, the E2 Summit will be an incredible opportunity for dozens of local girls, many of whom will have never been in a downtown office or had the opportunity to meet and network with inspiring professional role models outside of school. 

The E2 Summit Chairs are Maren Miller of EY and Liz Hocker of CLS Partners. For more information or to join the E2 steering committee, please contact the JA office at 512.710.5437 or lauren@jacentex.org.

JA Founders Lunch on January 25, 2017

Join host Ben Edgerton, founder of Contigo, as we welcome a new year and 12 new cohorts of JA teen entrepreneurs. With the help of Austin's entrepreneurial community and business and civic leaders, 300 local teens will launch a real business through the JA Company Program in 2017.

At JA Founders Lunch, local entrepreneurs connect with one another and discuss opportunities to engage with others who are passionate about fostering entrepreneurship among local youth. Our January 2017 lunch features opportunities to invest in the JA Entrepreneurship Track - inspiring and preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs. Opportunities range from $10/month to sponsor the software license for a cohort of entrepreneurs to $5,000 to support 10 student entrepreneurs.

Thank you to Jesse Weber and Newmark for sponsoring January's JA Founders Lunch.

FAQs

Do I have to be an entrepreneur to attend?

No. Entrepreneurial skills can be used in many types of environments and careers. Empowering young people is a cause we can all rally around, regardless of our current day job.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please call or text us at 512.710.5437. You may email us at rsvp@jacentex.org for any questions about our events or programs.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. If you are coming in the place of the ticket purchaser, please share with us their name when you arrive.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Absolutely. We are building a diverse community of entrepreneurs who are role models for our students. Seasoned entrepreneurs and investors, aspiring entrepreneurs and passionate advocates for youth entrepreneurship are always welcome.

 

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. With the help of Austin's vibrant entrepreneurial community, 300 local students will start their own businesses in 2017 through the JA Company Program. Through a diverse network of trained volunteers, JA teaches the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and career readiness to 5,000 K-12 students in the greater Austin area annually.

JA Founders Lunch #ChooseWomen

On November 30, 2016, please join us on Global #ChooseWOMEN Wednesday at Chez Zee, one of Austin's favorite women-owned businesses. This special JA Founders Lunch gathers an intimate group of local women entrepreneurs and business leaders as we craft the inaugural E2 - Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Summit for Young Women.

Lauren Weronick, chair of the E2 Summit, was inspired at a recent gathering of local women entrepreneurs to connect inspiring female role models to young women who may not have the support they need to reach their full potential. With the generous support of EY, the E2 Summit will be an incredible opportunity for dozens of local girls, many of whom will have never been in a downtown office or had the opportunity to meet and network with inspiring professional role models outside of school. 

The E2 Summit, planned for February 25, 2017 is a day-long event for young women in grades 10-12. Sessions will be led by a diverse group of role models passionate about empowering young women to be successful. The girls will learn fundamentals for career success and practice networking and preparing a resume. Participants will also have an opportunity to experience the initial steps of a business startup through JA It's My Business, with each session building toward a product-pitch competition.

After the E2 Summit, young women will have a range of opportunities to build upon their Summit experience. Options for one-to-one mentoring, financial workshops, and even running a start-up through the JA Company Program will be made available to all young women who wish to continue learning and growing throughout the year. 

Lunch guests are invited to give feedback on program elements, selection process for students and empowering role models who should be approached to join the effort. Guests may choose further involvement as committee members, Summit day session leaders and volunteers or mentors for Summit participants throughout the year if their schedules and interests allow.
What do you wish you knew when you were sixteen about setting and achieving goals? Who inspired and prepared you? Who will you inspire?

Join us for a delicious lunch on #ChooseWOMEN Wednesday to pay it forward by giving local young women the opportunity to empower their future.

At JA Founders Lunch, local entrepreneurs connect with one another and discuss opportunities to engage with others who are passionate about fostering entrepreneurship among local youth. 

FAQs

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please call or text us at 512.710.5437. You may email us at rsvp@jacentex.org for any questions about our events or programs.

Do I have to be an entrepreneur to attend?
No. Entrepreneurial skills can be used in many types of environments and careers. Empowering women is a cause we can all rally around, regardless of our current day job.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. If you are coming in the place of the ticket purchaser, please share with us their name when you arrive.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?
Absolutely. We are building a diverse community of entrepreneurs who are role models for our students. Seasoned entrepreneurs and investors, aspiring entrepreneurs and passionate advocates for youth entrepreneurship are always welcome. Champions for women can be any gender.

 

Celebration of Austin's Entrepreneurs November 10, 2015 #GEW2015

Thank you for Celebrating Austin's Entrepreneurs!

Lonny Stern of Outspoken Enterprises and Cindy Lo of Red Velvet Special Events. Visit our Facebook page for more event photos.

More than 60 entrepreneurs and community leaders joined us last night to celebrate Austin's entrepreneurs. Guests enjoyed libations from Austin's own Sourced Craft Cocktails and delicacies from Central Market. Perhaps you had a chance to meet some of the inspiring entrepreneurs who will be speaking to high school students during Global Entrepreneurship Week like the founders of Azarmehr Law Group, Beacon, Branch Basics, Dorado, Feed Magnet, Juice Homes, Magnificent Marketing, NuturMe, Unbill, Urban Animal, Wandering River Recycling and Yard Bar.
 
While JA students are twice as likely to become entrepreneurs as the general student population, many of them will chose other paths. We believe teaching students to own their success, pursue their passion and work hard to achieve success as they define it empowers all students to find meaning and fulfillment in whatever career path they choose.


We are matching entrepreneurs with speaking opportunities through Friday, November 13, 2015. To register as a speaker, please sign up here. To learn how you can support JA Entrepreneurship Month or JA's weekly K-12 programs in our community, please call our office at 512.710.5437.

JA Board champions JA Entrepreneurship Month #GEW2015

JA Board Chair Joe Christian of Wortham, and Board members Ryan Steglich of Yard Bar, Harry Lakin of HireCapacity, Aaron Maxey of Charles Schwab are rallying Austin's entrepreneurial community to share their experience with local high school students during Global Entrepreneurship Week in conjunction with JA Entrepreneurship Month 2015.