Sign Up for JA’s High School Company Program

UPDATE: Due to weather impact, the registration deadline has been extended to Friday, August 31st (for application by online form–see original post for link, or by email to jahilo@jahawaii.org or text to 808-292-0570).

The JA Company Program is gearing-up for fall 2018. From September through December, East Hawaii high school students will meet on Tuesday nights to create their company, manufacture and market products, give back to their community, make friends, and hopefully also make some money.

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If you know of high school students who may be interested in the program please have them contact their social studies teacher or school office for a JA application, or signup online here. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 27th and Application Night is Tuesday, September 4th from 6:00 to 8:30pm at Hilo High School (note new location for Application Night only). The program itself is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00pm at Waiakea High School through December 11th.

If you have questions about the program, or if you are a business professional interested in helping to advise one of the teams, please contact JAHI district manager, Alan Shiraishi at jahilo@jahawaii.com or 808-292-0570.

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Welcome Alan, Our New District Manager

Welcome Alan, Our New District Manager

Alan Shiraishi is no stranger to Junior Achievement, having been a volunteer for JA’s elementary, intermediate and high school programs for 14 years.  In May, Alan came aboard as JA of Hawaii Island’s part-time district manager. In addition to his knowledge of JA, Alan comes to the organization with over 40 years of experience in business management in the banking industry. Alan is also well connected in the community with current and past affiliations with the Waiakea Lions Club, Toastmasters International, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii, to name a few.

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Young Hawai‘i Island Entrepreneurs Recognized At 38th Annual Junior Achievement Awards Banquet

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i Island congratulated outstanding young entrepreneurs and awarded $3,500 in scholarships at the 38th Annual “Futures Unlimited” Awards Banquet on January 30, 2018 at Sangha Hall.

The Junior Achievement company program helps high school students develop leadership and entrepreneurship skills by guiding them through the creation of a small business, from product development to marketing and sales. The awards recognize the hard work of the students and advisors from local businesses.

A familiar face returned home to Hilo to keynote the awards banquet. Jimmy Chan, founder of the Hawaiian Chip Company, is a 1993 Waiākea High School graduate and a Junior Achievement company program alumnus. He shared his entrepreneurial journey with the audience, and spoke about the importance of the lessons he learned through Junior Achievement.

The three student companies participating in this cycle were Branching Out sponsored by Big Island Toyota, Young Creations sponsored by HFS Federal Credit Union, and Zenith sponsored by HPM Building Supply. Company members sold their products to friends and family, and to the public at a trade fair held at Prince Kūhiō Plaza in November. Over the course of the cycle, the companies sold over $31,000 in merchandise.

Branching Out was named Outstanding Company Of The Year, and was also recognized for having the highest company sales at $11,652. Zenith was recognized for having the most compelling presence at the trade fair.

There was a tie for Outstanding President – awards were presented to Daniel Briski of Young Creations and Brittney Williams of Branching Out. Outstanding Vice Presidents were also recognized for their contributions to their companies: Kanoe Kama (Branching Out – Finance), Kalsey Nacis Jr. (Branching Out – Production), Naya Nguyen (Branching Out – Marketing), Keziah Soares (Branching Out – Human Resources), and Kira Taylor (Young Creations – Public Relations) received the awards.

The top three salespeople of the year were Tristen Cullio of Branching Out with $2,277 in sales, Brittney Williams of Branching Out with $2,050, and Daniel Briski of Young Creations with
$1,063.  Other awards were given to Naya Nguyen of Branching Out for Outstanding Sales Presentation, and Brittney Williams of Branching Out for most products sold and highest individual sales at the trade fair.

The Junior Achievement sponsoring businesses instill the value of community service in their own employees and set excellent examples for the participants. Companies collaborated with Hale Ānuenue Restorative Care Center, Operation Christmas, and an effort to send aloha to members of the U.S. military abroad. This year’s Community Service award was given to Young Creations in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the community.

In addition to the awards recognizing achievement in the program, $3,500 in scholarships were awarded to six seniors who excelled both in the program and in other aspects of scholastic life: Crismel Juan of Young Creations (Kea‘au), Naya Nguyen of Branching Out (Waiākea), Princess Fatimah Rasalan of Young Creations (Kea‘au), Keziah Soares of Branching Out (Kea‘au), Brittney Williams of Branching Out (Waiākea), and Alfred Zuniga of Zenith (Kea‘au). This is the 29th year that Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i Island has awarded scholarships to participants.

“We are so proud of our students’ efforts and know that they have bright futures. The Futures Unlimited Banquet is a great opportunity to celebrate their success,” said Jeanine Acia, district manager for Junior Achievement of Hawaiʻi Island. “We also must thank our volunteer mentors who give so generously – our program would not be a success if it weren’t for them.”

Junior Achievement is an organization founded in 1919 that fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills in students nationwide. Locally, the organization is powered by members of Hawai‘i Island’s business community who serve as advisors, sponsors, and volunteers. To get Junior Achievement in your K-12 classroom, or to get involved as a volunteer or sponsor, contact District Manager Jeanine Acia at (808) 292-0570 or jahilo@jahawaii.org.

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Young JA Entrepreneurs Build Business Skills This Weekend

Young JA Entrepreneurs Build Business Skills This Weekend

Eighty-one students from three East Hawaii high schools are excited about more than turkey and family this Thanksgiving. For the last eight weeks they have designed, test-marketed and manufactured their companies’ products, and on Black Friday they’ll find out how well their wares sell during the Junior Achievement Trade Fair. The annual two-day event will be held at the Prince Kuhio Plaza on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day.

The students are organized into three companies, each sponsored by a local business and advised by members of Hilo’s business community.

Branching Out is the JA company sponsored by Big Island Toyota. They will feature handmade hemp-cord and seed bead wish bracelets as well as custom-decorated gift card holders.

“As you wrap the wish bracelets around your wrist you make your wish, which can correlate to the color of the beads. After a bit of ‘wear and tear’ the bracelet will break and your wish will be released,” says company president, Brittney Williams. “Releasing your wish does not guarantee that it will come true,” Williams adds.

HFS Federal Credit Union sponsors the company, Young Creations, who will be selling laser-cut earrings and stone bead bracelets at the Trade Fair. “We’ve thought a lot about quality,” says their student President, Daniel Briski. Briski explains, “The earring hooks are kidney shaped, making the wooden design secure, and hypoallergenic.” “JA teaches you a variety of different skills, including how to work as a team with people from different backgrounds that you’ve never met before,” says Briski.

Zenith is the name of the third JA company this season, which is sponsored by HPM Building Supply and Bank of Hawaii. Zenith’s student employees developed custom-designed marble mugs, as well as phone accessory kits containing micro USB fans and pop-socket phone holders with stickers.  Zenith President, Albert Zuniga says, “we individually dipped each mug in nail polish and warm water, giving each a special design, which makes them a unique gift for coworkers, family or friends to display plants, pencils or candy.”

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Looking for Students to Make Friends & Money

Looking for Students to Make Friends & Money

Please share this great opportunity with all East Hawaii high school students:

From September through December over 100 budding entrepreneurs from East Hawaii high schools will form and operate mini-companies. With guidance from local business people, for over 12 weeks these students will experience business hands-on by analyzing markets and product opportunities, manufacturing and marketing their products, accounting for all revenues and expenses, and managing their company resources.

Companies meet every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9:00pm at Waiakea High School. The Application Night is Tuesday, September 5th starting at 6:30pm. To be invited to the Application Night students must complete the sign up forms available from their school.

If you’re not quite sure but would like to learn more, send us an email at jahilo@jahawaii.org. We are also looking for adults from the business community to serve as advisors to our student companies.

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