For the second consecutive school year, the Rotary Club of Saipan will be training Marianas High School students who are part of the Junior Achievement Company Program.
Rotarian Reina Camacho said yesterday that the Rotary Club of Saipan once again agreed to take part in the after-school program that educates high school students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
The JA program in the CNMI took on a hiatus for several years before it was re-established in 2011 by the Public School System and the Commonwealth Development Authority, with the support of the Northern Marianas College.
“We have been assigned the Marianas High School to mentor,” Camacho told Rotarians during their membership meeting. “We're going to offer our mentorship, skills, knowledge, and our time to the MHS JA program.”
Camacho said that through the program, Rotarians can teach students how to build and establish their own business as well as develop and sell their own product.
The Rotary Club of Saipan, which is comprised of members from various fields and companies, sponsored one of the participating teams in last year's JA program, MHS' Team Bendi.
The team is made up of six officials and 16 employees who came up with the “Be A Hero” wristbands and “Respect” thumb rings at the JA Trade Fair held at the Garapan Street Market last March 29. The group reached $1,300 in sales and donated the proceeds to the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.
Camacho said that this year's MHS JA club will kick off the 12-week program at 3:10pm today at MHS Room C102.
“This is a new school year, a new group of students, a new company,” she added.
Camacho urged her fellow Rotarians to volunteer one to two hours of their time to the JA program to offer guidance and mentorship for the MHS students.