The Sci-Tech Challenge is designed to motivate students, aged 15-18, to consider Maths, Science, Technology (MST)-oriented careers, raise their awareness of the importance of their MST skills and how they can be applied in enterprising ways to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. The three-year programme will give close to 10,000 young people in secondary schools in nine European countries the opportunity to participate in the Sci-Tech Challenge programme. Over 200 employees from ExxonMobil will participate as volunteers. 180 teachers will experience the Sci-Tech Challenge. JA alumni who have participated in the Company Programme or Start up Programme from around the world are selected and invited to shadow a high level executive from various businesses and organisations for one day. During this day the selected students are linked to top leaders who take them along and engage them in all their daily business activities.
Social enterprise is an important development in the face of today’s huge socio-economic challenges. It’s a leap beyond responsible business to new, innovative social solutions. Moreover, young people like the idea of applying business skills and ingenuity to solve social problems in sustainable ways. The partnership that we are proposing here brings the worlds of education, training, skills, work and community closer together to inspire and recognize young social entrepreneurs. Its aim is to increase the pool of potential social entrepreneurs by providing access to education in social enterprise to young people aged 15-18 across Europe – we call it the “JA Social Enterprise Programme”.
The Social Innovation Relay (SIR) is a global competition organized in collaboration with Nationale-Nederlanden (NN) that challenges secondary school students to develop an innovative business concept that addresses a social need. The program is specifically designed to increase access to entrepreneurship education and to boost the benefits associated with such education. SIR provides young people with the hands-on skills and entrepreneurial expertise needed to start a successful career through a combination of virtual and face-to-face mentoring by experienced executives.