Junior Achievement launches alumni association

Marking 20 years in the
Cayman Islands next year, Junior Achievement will launch its new alumni
association on 23 July at Grand Old House.

Since JA was started in
Cayman by Rotary Central in 1991, hundreds of high school students who have
participated in the programme are now filling various roles in the private and
public sectors.

The free in- and
after-school practical business education programme teaches students about work
readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The aim is to prepare
young people to enter the workforce, train them to become the next generation
of business leaders, and educate them about basic financial management and
responsibility. It also is designed to connect business theories with real-life

A press release from the
organization states that the Junior Achievement experience has transformed the
lives of many participants in providing them with a greater understanding of
the world of work, business ethics and how to succeed, not only in business but
also in life.

“Past achievers are the
perfect group of ambassadors who can share the wonderful JA experience with
others in our community,” said Rotary Central President Wil Pineau.

“Youth development is a key
focus for the upcoming Rotary year, which focuses on Building Communities and
Bridging Continents. JA provides many of our youth with a solid foundation to
build their future. I encourage past achievers to support the new association.”

JA President Pat Randall
noted that the programme has become even more relevant in these tough economic
conditions, welcoming the formation of the alumni association as a way to
strengthen the organization over the coming years.

Those interested in
attending the alumni event must be over age 18 and have previously participated
in a JA programme.