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Junior Achievement Americas works regionally with OAS to strengthen empowerment of Latino youth


It is a six-month project in which high school students put their ideas into practice by starting and running a real company alongside other students, under the direction of entrepreneurs. professional personnel.

April 20, 2021

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This article is translated from us Spanish edition using AI technology. Errors can persist due to this process.


Academic achievement (AND) Americas joined Organization of American States (OAS) with the goal of empowering young Latin American and Caribbean youth through the organization to be awarded the Child Achievement Entrepreneurship Certificate.

JA’s Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) is an international qualification that validates high school students’ real business experience. OAS support is intended to promote student engagement and ESP accreditation.

An ESP rating is the next step for young people to add practical experience gained through the JA Company Program, which is a prerequisite for ESP approval.

Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the OAS Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equality, said “OAS is delighted to work with JA Americas and is part of this program to empower people Young people from the Americas through business skills. We look forward to seeing how they apply these skills to lead the economic, social, and political development of the American continent ”.

What is this program about?

It is a six-month project in which high school students put their ideas into practice by starting and running a real company alongside other students, under the direction of entrepreneurs. professional personnel.

The program prepares high school students for ESP by teaching them a variety of business skills, including learning how to design, launch, and run businesses; develop basic remote collaboration skills; explore the potential for for-profit businesses to have a positive social impact; and learn to assemble and foster a diverse group, and teach them to collaborate.

Participants also learn to develop confidence in facing challenges and defying uncertainty; design and launch successful social media campaigns; management of financial records; expanding your network; prepare for college and life; and for financial independence.

ESP allows young people who have completed the program or equivalent programs (such as the JA Entrepreneur Company [JACE] in Jamaica) to reflect their progress in gaining practical business skills, an important step in reinforcing any learning process.

Leo Martellotto, president of JA Americas, said of the association: “Being an entrepreneur is not a destination, but a journey. “We need to encourage young people to explore new places, take risks and accept failure as part of the process. Only through this continuous process will they acquire the skills and entrepreneurial mindset that will bring them closer to the realization of their dreams ”.

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