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Junior Achievement Helps Prepare Valley Students for the World of Work with Support from Microsoft

High school students from Mesa High School, Metro Tech High School and Gateway High School in Phoenix who are participating in Junior Achievement of Arizona’s JA Job Shadow™ program will visit the Scottsdale Fashion Square Microsoft Store to get a first-hand glimpse at the world of work.

 

Through Microsoft YouthSpark support, local JA high school students will participate in the work-readiness program, including teacher-led classroom instruction around key skills such as leadership, teamwork and how to conduct a successful job search. The students then visit a Microsoft retail store for a half-day mentoring experience to apply their classroom learning.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with Microsoft to help students develop and enhance skills needed for future career pursuits,” said Joyce Richards, president of Junior Achievement of Arizona.  “Through JA Job Shadow, students will learn resume writing, job interviewing and decision-making, to help position them for success in the workforce.”

 

Students in Maricopa County join youth in 49 other communities across the United States to participate in the effort.

 

About Junior Achievement of Arizona

Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which believes that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy. Serving Arizona’s youth since 1957, JA prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to become self-sufficient, how to create jobs which make their communities robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Junior Achievement of Arizona reached more than 98,000 students during the 2012-2013 school year.  For more information on Junior Achievement or ways to get involved, please call 480-377-8500 or visit www.jaaz.org

 

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 118 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

 

About Microsoft YouthSpark

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries by 2015. This companywide initiative includes Citizenship and other company programs that empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. Learn more at www.microsoft.com/youthspark.