Students bring capital ideas to Capitol Hill

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Students bring capital ideas to Capitol Hill

The Financial Services Roundtable is a strong supporter of Junior Achievement (JA), one of the nation’s leading nonprofit economic education organizations for students in grades K-12. Thousands of volunteers from Roundtable member companies regularly volunteer for JA programs, which promote financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

Participants in the JA National Student Leadership Summit recently shared their business ideas on Capitol Hill.

Participants in the JA National Student Leadership Summit recently shared their business ideas on Capitol Hill.

The impact of JA programs was on full display the week of June 16 in Washington, DC, as 24 teams of JA Company Program® and JA Be Entrepreneurial® students convened to participate in several competitions as part of the JA National Student Leadership Summit.  Competitions included the JA Company of the Year, the JA National Business Plan Challenge Award, the NYSE Euronext Foundation’s Best Financial Performance Award, the FedEx Access Award, and the Microsoft Social Innovation Award.

The Financial Services Roundtable’s Judy Chapa meets JA Students on Capitol Hill during the JA Company Trade Fair this month.

The Financial Services Roundtable’s Judy Chapa meets JA Students on Capitol Hill during the JA Company Trade Fair this month.

JA Company of the Year and JA Business Plan winners post with Junior Achievement CEO Jack Kosakowski (center) earlier this month.

JA Company of the Year and JA Business Plan winners post with Junior Achievement CEO Jack Kosakowski (center) earlier this month.

The teams represented 14 JA cities, and were evaluated by judging panels comprised of business leaders representing many of our nation’s most prominent companies. Students made formal presentations to the judges, created annual reports and commercials showcasing their products, and were interviewed by judging panels. The students also participated in a trade fair on Capitol Hill attended by 15 Members of Congress, 200 Congressional staffers and representatives from the Roundtable.

In the end, two JA teams from the Atlanta-area won the JA Company of the Year and JA National Business Plan Challenge Award.

Sponsors of the JA National Student Leadership Summit included Microsoft, the Sam’s Club Giving Program, the NYSE Euronext Foundation and FedEx.

Congratulations Junior Achievement!