Since 2014, The Hartford has been dedicated to supporting the JA Company Program, most recently investing in updated delivery models to help young people learn how to run a start-up company. The updated program, which introduces teens to the excitement of conceptualizing, launching, and running their own business in a start-up environment, is the latest version of the original student company program that goes back to Junior Achievement’s beginnings in 1919. JA Company Program empowers high school students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community and teaches them practical skills required to conceptualize, capitalize, and manage their own business venture. Throughout the process of building their own company, students collaborate, make crucial business decisions, communicate with multiple stakeholders, and develop entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. Community volunteers and mentors provide real-world guidance and experience to the student-led startup. The program comes in both a teacher-led and volunteer-led models and uses blended learning technology.
Junior Achievement USA gratefully acknowledges The Hartford for its dedication to the continuous development of the JA Company Program.