Bloomberg joins forces with JA Europe to increase entrepreneurial spirit among students08 June 2018
For the second consecutive year, Bloomberg and Junior Achievement (JA) Europe are partnering to equip more than 1500 students with an entrepreneurial mindset and offer them the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of around 75 Bloomberg employees.
The diverse partnership currently involves outreach to 16 countries where Bloomberg and JA have offices in: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. In the past, Bloomberg and JA have also been collaborating for a number of years in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.
The collaboration is centered around JA’s flagship program: the JA Company Program, in which young people (16-19) learn what it is to set up a real mini-company from top to bottom. Business volunteers helped coach mini-companies, in preparation for regional and national finals. Within the competition element, Bloomberg employees had the opportunity to join as jury members. Nevertheless, aside from the JA Company Program, JA alumni were for instance given the opportunity to visit the cutting edge offices of Bloomberg to learn what it means to work in journalism. Other groups also benefited from a CV writing masterclass, helping them bridge the gap from school to the world of work.
Bloomberg is not just mentoring 16+ year-olds, its volunteers also got to meet with youngsters in the classroom and teach 6 year-olds about JA programs like Our Families and Our Community.
“Bloomberg’s employees bring important mentorship to students across Europe and in UAE. Studies have shown that students who have multiple interactions like this while they are still in school are 5 times less likely to end up unemployed later on. Bloomberg is helping to raise young people's awareness of the world of work,” said Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe.
Anna Molin, Social Media Reporter of Bloomberg LP in Sweden volunteered last year. She, herself, was a JA Alumna and now mentors through the Bloomberg volunteer program. In her reflection, she said, “Entrepreneurial skills are so important for young people because it opens up employment opportunities by making them more attractive on the job market. It could also pave the way for new innovations and businesses, thereby advancing the needs of society and creating jobs for others.” Her full story can be found on jaeurope.org.
This synergetic partnership is helping to unlock the boundless potential of young people.
About JA Europe
JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. In 2017, we equipped 3.6 million students in 41 countries with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require to start a business or get a job. JA works with the education and business communities as well as governments to provide young people from primary school to university with experiences that build the skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide®
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