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Chamber restarts Junior Achievement programme

The Cayman Island Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Junior Achievement, the high-school-based programme which teaches students about business, economics, and entrepreneurship, is back in full swing.

Its first module, Economics for Success introduces 14–16-year-olds to work and career readiness and personal finance concepts, enabling them to explore career interests and opportunities and learn about financial responsibilities. During the module the students also learn keys about planning for a career, and the importance of self-awareness to guide their choices.

By participating in JA Economics for Success, students will develop an awareness of their individual preferences toward work and financial goals, and associate their current values, skills, and interests with future success in a dynamic and changing workforce.

Later the Chamber will also be restarting the popular JA Company Program in Grand Cayman next year, which encourages young people to start their very own businesses, providing them with valuable experience of marketing, budgeting, and putting together a real-life business plan. The students often work together in teams, making their own products and selling them during special events. Two JA companies have been formed in Cayman Brac this year and representatives from the student companies visited Grand Cayman this month to sell the products that they produced at Cost U Less and AL Thompson’s Home Store.

Since it was introduced through the Rotary Central in 1991, JA Cayman has impacted more than 30,000 students to own their economic success by giving them a sound foundation in the world of business. Throughout that time the programme has relied on dedicated volunteers to teach each of the modules and is currently appealing for volunteers from the world of business, education, or the professions. Teaching each module of the Economics for Success programme lasts for around an hour, once a week for 7 weeks. If you feel you would like to help, please contact JA Programme Director, Swan Sandoval at or call her on 743-9124.

In August, the Chamber signed a two year transition agreement with the main shareholder Rotary Central to assume full administration responsibility for JA in the Cayman Islands and is providing a permanent office space for the JA Programme Director in the Chamber’s offices in Governor’s Square. The Chamber has supported JA since 1997.