Junior achievers gain insight at conference

A group of young Caymanian students have recently returned from an international Junior Achievement conference in Canada.

The eight local Junior Achievement students attended the jaX Youth Leaders Exchange, which was originally known as the Canadian National Junior Achievement Conference.

The jaX ’09 Youth Leaders Exchange took place from 8 to 14 August. There were 144 total delegates total from Canada, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Norway, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

One attendee representing the Cayman Islands, Lloyd Barker said, ‘jaX gave each and every delegate a major opportunity to stand up, be confident, show forth your achievements or simply what you would like to achieve.

‘It gave everyone an opportunity to demonstrate our skills and prove that we are business leaders of tomorrow. My experience at jaX certainly surpassed my expectations.’ He said the knowledge he brought back will definitely follow him and assist in fulfilling his bright future.

The conference provides a forum to engage young people from around the world in a dynamic pragmatic learning experience. The purpose of jaX is to provide a learning opportunity to explore topical business issues for young students. While there, the achievers take part in a week long series of events to lean about business issues from business leaders and tackle real time problems in a team environment.

Stephen Robinson also went to the jaX conference and summed up his experience saying, ‘I never would have believed that I would have had such an opportunity to meet and learn from such a diverse range of people, learn from the perspectives of so many influential entrepreneurs, nor have I ever dreamt that I would gain so much from this, thoroughly enjoyable experience, and be this prepared for when I make my first steps out into the future business world.’

Gabriella Hernandez said, ‘jaX was a great opportunity to meet people from different parts of the world and make new, great friends. It’s something that any Junior Achievement student should want to at least have the opportunity of experiencing’.

Saneata Smith wished it could have lasted longer. ‘I’ve learned to look at opportunities as a door to success and that the best way to predict the future is to create it’, she said. Saneata also thanked the Rotary Club of the Cayman Islands for making the trip possible.