Junior Achievement Makes Global Connection for Houston Teens

Nov 15, 2010, 01:15 ET from Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Global Entrepreneurship Week is November 15-22

HOUSTON, Nov. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Junior Achievement, a partner in Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 15 - 22, joins millions of young people worldwide in an initiative to inspire today's youth to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity as a way to generate new ideas and better ways of doing things.

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Creativity and imagination were cited as the most important factors in determining success for an entrepreneur by nearly a third of the 375 Houston-area students (31 percent) that participated in the 2010 "Teens and Entrepreneurship" survey conducted by Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas and sponsored by Sam's Club.

To inspire that creativity and imagination and raise awareness around Global Entrepreneurship Week, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is working with FedEx to connect an established Brazilian entrepreneur, who will "export knowledge" about their business, to young people from the Community of Faith Church participating in a program called JA Company Program through a new Facebook application. These Houston-area students will then engage in a dialogue with the entrepreneur, via the Facebook app, to better understand how to start up and manage a business.

This innovative program will enable students to be better prepared for the global business world and provides them with a unique learning experience, demonstrating how both mentors and technology can enhance the relevancy of academic content and create a rich learning experience.

"Providing these types of learning experiences is crucial to developing and harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit in youth, especially in the 21st century global marketplace," said Rick Franke, president, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.

The local survey also found that six-in-ten Houston-area teens (60 percent) would like to start their own businesses someday while sixty-seven percent thought the basic tenets of entrepreneurship should be taught in school.

Global Entrepreneurship Week serves as a launching point for all adults to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in today's youth.  Individuals can take this one step further by volunteering as a role model for the JA Company Program, which gives students real-life experiences by organizing and operating an actual business enterprise. Find out more about this engaging opportunity for students and adults at http://houston.ja.org.

For more information about the survey results, contact Kevin Hattery at khattery@jahouston.org.

SOURCE Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas