Junior Achievement Uganda is on a mission to expand it's signature Company Program to reach 1000 high school students in Uganda. High school students in Uganda have the potential of becoming change makers within their communities and all they need is to be empowered. We want to equip them with financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills in order to boost their potential. These skills will enable them to start their own businesses, hence creating employment.
Uganda's youth are full of potential for the present and for the future. They dream of becoming agents of positive change within their communities. However, they are also characterized by a skills gap between what they learn in school and what they need to succeed in the real world of work. This has caused a large number of them to remain unemployed because they contend that the demand of good jobs exceeds supply. This has left many in poor financial situations that inhibit their potential.
Students are mentored through this 8 months course by volunteers who are established professionals in different fields. By organizing and operating actual business enterprises, students not only learn how businesses function, but also learn about the structure of free enterprise system and the benefits it provides. We train students how to start up their own enterprises so that they can gain hand son experience in this process. We then have them participate in a Company of the Year Competition.
This project will train 1000 high school students allowing them to develop necessary skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through hands on experience. Some will continue operating their businesses after graduation or start other businesses. Students cultivate innovation mindsets, become financially independent and also become prepared for work in the future. Students get welcomed into the JA Alumni network which provides opportunities for them in different fields.