Turks & Caicos Junior Achievers Excitedly Prepare for Company Program Closing Day
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands – There is a feeling of both excitement and anxiety in the air as Turks & Caicos Junior Achievers move toward the close-out of the JA TCI Company Program.
For the past five months, these teens have worked arduously to build their companies, create signature products, promote their offerings, and attend to the details of bookkeeping and reporting, shareholder engagements, financial reporting, and now, the formal dissolution and final summaries of those companies.
The past few weeks have presented a challenge to the groups with in-person company meetings impossible while at-home learning was the necessary order of the day. Still, the groups have persevered and overcome those hurdles, ensuring they made use of the outlets available to them to continue making strides.
In just under two weeks, the JA TCI Company Program will come to a close with Achievers currently making preparations to deliver final requirements to the organization’s Board of Directors and a judging panel who will evaluate the companies’ operations and hear from the Achievers themselves on the final day.
Throughout the course of the Company Program, JA TCI ensures Achievers are given all the necessary tools to tackle the tasks at hand as proficiently as possible. As the groups prepare to present their company summaries, they will be given access to public speaking training on Saturday, January 29th where members of Toastmasters and other professionals in the public speaking arena will provide guidance on the key ingredients to memorable and impactful delivery when presenting. By then, the Achievers will have submitted all final business plans and will use the final days to put the finishing touches on their oral company presentations.
February 5th, 2022 marks the Final Competition and Awards Ceremony for the program. With a maximum permitted time of 10 minutes, each group will make a powerful presentation to a panel of judges. They will then navigate a judges’ interview session of up to 10 minutes where the panel will pose questions based on the reports and the allocution provided by each group. This portion of the day begins at 10 am.
The groups then assemble at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and Spa Villages West Caicos Conference Room for an evening of celebration and awards, where the judges’ decisions will be revealed.
Awards for Most Outstanding JA Company will be bestowed on the top three companies, with other categories – Most Profitable Company, Social Media Award, Most Innovative Product/Service – also being awarded. The Achievers, sponsors, mentors, and friends of the program will be treated to a wonderful evening of camaraderie as they celebrate their hard work and accomplishments over the past five months.
Director of JA TCI, Angela Musgrove, shared “The close out of the Company Program is often bittersweet for us - it is an exciting time, but we are always a bit sad to see it end. The beauty of Junior Achievement, though, is that once you are a part of the program, you are always a part of the JA family. We are exceptionally proud of these Achievers and the work they have done, and we are eager to see them present and to celebrate their accomplishments with them on February 5th.”
Musgrove says the Junior Achievement Board of Directors continues to extend thanks to the sponsors of the JA Company Program and hopes to have them all on board again.
This year the program was honoured to have COMO Parrot Cay, Building Materials Ltd/Do it Center, Beaches Resort Villages & Spa, Projetech Construction Management, TCI Financial Services Commission, Grace Bay Car Rentals, The Strand, and FLOW TCI as sponsors to students from Raymond Gardiner High School,IgHig Edward Gartland Youth Centre, Louise Garland Thomas High School, Clement Howell High School, Maranatha Academy High School, Wesley Methodist High School, and Marjorie Basden High School.
About Junior Achievement Turks & Caicos Islands
About Junior Achievement Turks & Junior Achievement Turks & Caicos Islands (JATCI) is a nonprofit organization that provides young people ages 14 to 19 with learning experiences designed to inspire and prepare them for success in the global economy. JATCI has established a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. We focus on hands-on, experiential programs that teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.