Interview with Alphie Mullings-Aiken, President Junior Achievement Jamaica
President, Junior Achievement Jamaica
Junior Achievement (JA) Jamaica, a chapter of JA Worldwide, is dedicated to educating students in the areas of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness through experiential and hands‐on learning.
Ever since operations began in 2008, the corporate sector has been an integral part of JA’s development. General Electric, CIBC FirstCaribbean, Trelawny Chamber of Commerce and JA Worldwide supported the pilot program implemented at the William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny where 500 students participated in JA Success Skills and JA Careers With A Purpose .
JA Jamaica continued to grow, and by 2014, it launched JA Biztown, a multi-million dollar model business town facility in Caenwood, St.Andrew. This historic event was only made possible through strong local and international alliances and partnerships with the private sector, the Rotary Club, the United States Agency for Aid (USAID) and the Government of Jamaica.
The JA Biztown and JA Company programs are now part of the school curricula in Jamaica. Alphie Mullings-Aiken established the JA chapter in Jamaica when she returned home from the United States. Alphie, the first President of JA Jamaica is known for her drive and commitment to the youth development. She was instrumental in setting up JA Biztown against the odds. ApaNa Magazine discusses her role, partnering, volunteering, JA Biztown as the evolution and future of JA Jamaica.
Tell us about Junior Achievement.
Junior Achievement is an international non-profit organisations operating in over 115 countries. We inspire and prepare young people to succeed in our global economy. Globally, we have 400,000 private sector volunteers to help us reach 12 million students each year.
How has Junior Achievement Jamaica evolved since its founding in terms of resources, reach, and results?
Junior Achievement began as an after-school program. Today, we reach over 30,000 students in 347 schools and run eight programs, two of which are now part of the school curricula. All grade five and nine students now take JA Biztown and JA Company or Entrepreneur programme…