Synchrony High Impact Program

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We were more than excited to kick-off year-two of the Synchrony High Impact program with the students from Kearns High School with a special event at JA City . . .

What is the High Impact Program?  In partnership with Synchrony Financial, the High Impact Program pairs 18 students from Kearns High School, through their sophomore to senior years, with a business mentor from Synchrony.  The objective of this program is to greatly increase the future economic security and work readiness skills of the students involved.  Over the span of the three years, students will participate in Junior Achievement programs including Finance Park, Personal Finance, Career Success, JA Company and Job Shadow, with the aim to provide these students the building blocks and resources necessary to become financially stable and secure, and to provide them with the skills needed to succeed in their future careers.  Students and mentors meet monthly during the school year and participate in several special events as they work together to complete the program requirements.

This week students kicked off year two at JA City with a little help from US Synthetic.  Students participated in a team building exercise, the US Synthetic Lego Challenge, designed to aid them in learning more about team work and problem solving.  This past summer the group also had the opportunity to meet at the Utah Olympic Oval where they not only worked on project requirements, but also spent some time watching speed skating teams from throughout the world!

We are grateful for the opportunity to provide an in-depth, one on one, and certainly life changing experience for this motivated and bright group of students.  Junior Achievement’s mission is to change lives and we couldn’t thank Synchrony Financial, and the dedicated mentors from Synchrony, more for sponsoring and supporting this very special High Impact Program.

“I want to go into business and finance and the program has given me extra insight into the requirements of the fields I am interested in.  The hardest thing for me is saving . . . this has given me a better understanding of the importance of saving more. My mom didn’t finish high school and didn’t attend college, so having Rich as my mentor, he’s accomplished those things, and it provides me with someone to go to ask questions and get the answers I’m looking for.” – Victoria, Kearns High student

“This is an opportunity to work with young people and ultimately see it through; see what becomes of these students post high school.  Having the opportunity to learn about the students’ backgrounds and meet their family has brought the volunteer experience home in a much richer way and makes it much more meaningful.” – Jeff Schreiber, Synchrony Financial

Moises:  “I was motivated to participate in the program because of the opportunity to learn new things and I felt comfortable with the mentors when I first met with them.  The most meaningful part of the program so far has been the Job Shadow.  I’m really not a public person but the Job Shadow event gave me an opportunity to talk to adults in a more personal way.” – Moises, Kearns High Student

 “Being more invested drives my engagement and I also believe that the longer term perspective drives the engagement of the students higher, as well. I want to invest my time and energy in something meaningful, impactful and sustainable and for me this program offers that opportunity and we are already seeing dividends.  We have already heard from parents saying they too have learned things from their children bringing these ideas home.” – Rich Bogle, Synchrony Financial





JA Company Program

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Junior Achievement’s longest-running program, JA Company Program®, is back for the school year with a bang! Thanks to a generous investment from The Hartford, JA Company Program is all new and updated with 13 new modular experiences to share with today’s teen entrepreneurs. The updated program is part of a blended-learning approach that offers groups of students the opportunity to understand the steps involved in launching their own businesses while learning the basics of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business success.

The sessions include interactive content such as vodcasts led by subject matter experts that explore concepts such as brainstorming a product or service. Lessons also discuss the importance of conducting market research to refine the product or service to meet consumers’ evolving needs. Click here to see JA Company Program in action.

This spring students from Granger High participated in the JA Company Program selling snacks at lunch to their peers. JA Company Program is Junior Achievement’s longest running program, beginning in 1919 with the founding of the organization. Today, nearly half a million students globally flex their entrepreneurial spirit each year with JA Company Program.

Being a part of the entrepreneurship program has changed my future. When I first signed up for this class, I didn’t know we were actually going to run a business. Nobody thought it was possible to run a “school store” from $200 and 30 students! – Christian P.

This experience has helped me learn certain life skills I struggled with before. For example, being on the management team helped me to communicate with others on a clear level. We had to organize the class and make sure each component was in check. – Oscar

I gained knowledge of how to work with customers and have good customer service. It helped motivate me to want to start my own business. I learned what it will take for me to start my own business so I will be prepared in the future. – Quinn


San Juan Career Fair

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Funded by a grant from American Express, Junior Achievement of Utah was honored to hold the 6th annual career fair with students from Monument Valley High School and Whitehorse High School on the Navajo Reservation in San Juan County, May 22-24, 2017.

Through this career fair, JA is able to reach rural students and provide them with a motivating keynote speaker, Mac McCullough of Mac Motivates, and provide a career expo where students are introduced to a wide variety of career and education options and classes which focus on skills for career success.

 Thank you to all these amazing organizations who took the time to present:

Codechangers • Delta • Dixie State University • Fire Truck & Equipment• Four Corners Adventures • Four Corners School • Girls Go Digital • Hill Air Force Base • Hilarious Delusions • Hogle Zoo • Hurst Construction • Job Corps • Manti LaSalle National Forest • U.S. Marines • Nelson Laboratories • San Juan County Sheriff Department • STEM Action Center • Tech Trep Academy • Tesero • University of Phoenix • University of Utah, Department of Health • US Synthetic • USU – Blanding Campus • Utah Army National Guard • Utah Navajo Health Services • UVU, College of Science & Health • Wells Fargo • Wildworks • Workers Compensation Fund


Delta Job Shadow

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Delta Air Lines hosted Students from Kearns High School this March for JA Job Shadow.

JA Job Shadow in a hands-on program where organizations invite high school students to their place of business to the spend the day learning about not only the organization as a whole, but the variety of job and career opportunities available within that organization. They also share with the students the skills and education required to obtain those careers.

Job Shadow opens students eyes to the many possibilities available and exposes them to careers that they may not have realized were possible.  Students from Kearns High School were able to experience first hand all that Delta has to offer at the Salt Lake City Airport, and what students wouldn’t be awe and inspired by spending time in the cockpit, in the engine and on the tarmac!

Thank you to Delta for making this event possible and giving Kearns High students such a unique and unforgettable experience!


Delta Ribbon Cutting and JA Job Shadow

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We we thrilled to welcome Delta Airlines to JA City . . .


and they were thrilled to welcome students to their Salt Lake Terminal for JA Job shadow!

This week we held a special ribbon cutting at JA City to welcome our newest storefront – Delta Airlines.  Students from Sam Morgan Elementary were on hand to help welcome (and break in) this awesome new edition to our City . . . where students can even print out authentic looking tickets!

Delta also welcomed students from Bountiful and Viewmont High Schools to “the real” Delta Terminal at the Salt Lake International Airport for a         JA Job Shadow event where students were given tours and the opportunity to learn about the many and varied career opportunities available at Delta, along with what it takes to get them.

We couldn’t be more excited for our new partnership with Delta and all they have to offer our students!