Junior Achievement sponsors touted

Numerous
companies and people who contributed financial support and time to the Junior
Achievement programmes were recognised for their efforts at Government House recently.

Certificates
of appreciation were presented at the 23 June ceremony hosted by Governor
Duncan Taylor, who also congratulated the recipients for introducing young
people to entrepreneurial concepts and practical skills. 

Mr.
Taylor added that he was particularly happy to support a programme that prepares
youngsters for business involvement as a way of generating income for
themselves and revenue for the country.

“Business
operations and entrepreneurship will be key to economic growth in the Cayman
Islands over the coming years. It is therefore most commendable that young
people are being taught the key principles of entrepreneurship,” the Governor
said.

Junior
Achievement President Pat Randall thanked the participants for investing their
time and financial resources, as well as for nurturing Cayman’s youth.

“Companies
and advisors provided more than two hours of guidance weekly, for 18 weeks. I
am thankful to all,” he said. 

Presentations
were made to platinum sponsor Dart Foundation, and other financial  sponsors Caribbean Publishing Company; First
Caribbean International Bank; Tropical Shipping/Thompson Line;  Crusaders International Management (Cayman)
Limited; Cayman National Bank; Walkers; Maples and Calder; Water Authority;
Ernst and Young, and Dr. Elaine Campbell.  

Other
presentations were made to advisors from Dart Enterprises Limited; Butterfield
Bank; Citco Fund Services (Cayman Islands) Limited; Caribbean Publishing
Company Limited;  dms Organisation Ltd;
Crusader International (Cayman) Ltd; First Caribbean Bank International;
McCormick Global Ingredients Ltd; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Royal Bank of Canada;
Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise; Rotary Club of Cayman Brac, and Cayman
National Bank (Cayman Brac).

Junior
Achievement is a not-for-profit association funded by the business community
and governed by a volunteer board of directors. It comprises representatives
appointed by Rotary Central, the Chamber of Commerce and elected associate
members.

The
JA Company Programme encompasses a business, entrepreneurship and economic
curriculum for high school students ages 15-18. Emphasis is placed on business
content, while providing a strong focus on social studies, mathematics and
reading and writing skills.

Each
year, students set up a team to function as a company and, using innovative
thinking and business principles, they conceive, develop and market real
products that are used for revenue generation. The students are supported by a
corps of expert advisors who guide them through the stages of the simulated
company’s operations.

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Governor Duncan Taylor, third from left, hosted a ceremony to recognise Junior Achievement financial sponsors and advisors, including, from left, Junior Achievement President Pat Randall, Rotary Club Central President Paul Byles, and Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce CEO Wil Pineau.
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