Over 350 students of Junior Achievement Grand Bahama will continue to benefit from the invaluable entrepreneurial skill-building program, thanks in part to a donation from Hutchison Ports FCP.
The company made a donation to the organization, which is celebrating 34 years of shaping the nation’s future leaders and entrepreneurs.
“In just about all of the various fields you can find a past Junior Achiever and we are very proud of them,” said Junior Achievement Grand Bahama Program Manager, Ron Dames.
Dames expressed gratitude to Hutchison Ports FCP for its donation and continued involvement with the program.
“They have played a pivotal role in the progress of the Junior Achievement program. We truly appreciate the support that they have been giving us,” he said.
With 10.5 million participants in over 125 countries worldwide, the Junior Achievement Program continues to inspire students into its one hundredth year of existence. The Junior Achievement Bahamas program includes students in New Providence, Andros, and Eleuthera, in addition to Grand Bahama.
“I feel confident that a big percentage of the leadership of this nation would have passed through the Junior Achievement Program, so it’s a real opportunity in terms of guiding outstanding leaders in the community and The Bahamas as a whole,” said Dames.
Hutchison Ports FCP has been involved with the program for about a decade. Dames expressed gratitude for the company’s financial support as well as the participation of their employees as advisors, who, along with others, volunteer to mentor students in their fledgling business ventures.
Freeport Container Port Operations Manager, Jason Pinder, a Junior Achievement advisor, praised the work of the program.
“The three pillars Junior Achievement is built upon - Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, and Job Readiness - are so important for our students to learn as they transition into young adults,” said Pinder.
“I am proud to be an advisor for Hutchison Ports FCP, a company that sees value in investing today in the leaders of tomorrow’s Bahamas. Their success remains our inspiration and motivation to keep partnering with Junior Achievement Bahamas,” he added.
Students enjoy a busy schedule from September to May in the program. Events include an annual speech competition, sports day and Bahama JAC (Junior Achievement Conference). This year a group of 50 Junior Achievement Grand Bahama students and advisors traveled to Florida from April 5 - 8 to visit the JA World Center.
Junior Achievement Grand Bahama also hopes to, in the near future, implement the Junior Achievement Fellows Program and to become active within the primary schools. Participants currently consist of grades 9 - 12 students from all of the island’s junior and high schools.
“I think the program is such a critical program in the development of the future,” said Dames. “The Bahamas is going to really depend on entrepreneurs, who know what they are doing, establishing smaller businesses and being innovative.”