What is National Entrepreneurship Month? . . .

National Entrepreneurship Month is officially celebrated each November in the United States and is comprised of Global Entrepreneurship Week, National Entrepreneurs’ Day, Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and other entrepreneurial activities across the country. The purpose is to not only celebrate entrepreneurs and their contributions to our society, but to inspire the next generation of innovators, risk takers, and business leaders. This November, Junior Achievement® will partner with numerous organizations and businesses, including the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to engage entrepreneurs and small business owners to inspire high school students across the country with the “JA Launch Lesson.” The intent is to grow this initiative into the largest in-classroom entrepreneurship mentoring effort in the United States and to generate national and local media attention for Junior Achievement.

What is the JA® Launch Lesson? . . .

The JA Launch Lesson is the same lesson used during the 2015 JA Entrepreneurship Week. It is a 50-minute educational experience built around the theme of entrepreneurship that creates a point-of-entry for students, volunteers, and educators. It is delivered locally by entrepreneurs in classrooms, after-school facilities, and other student venues around the United States during National Entrepreneurship Month. Entrepreneurs are given a one-page guide that gives them the opportunity to connect with students, provide relevant information about their company and entrepreneurial journey, and share advice and next steps for students who are interested in starting their own business.

Who is eligible to serve as a volunteer for this experience? What is the commitment? . . .

The person who will be most successful in serving as a volunteer is someone who has started or owns his or her own business. Volunteers are given a one-page lesson outline designed to connect them with the students, provide relevant information about their company and entrepreneurial journey, and share their advice and next steps for students interested in starting their own business. A volunteer must commit to preparing in advance and spending about one hour with one classroom of students.

What role does an educator play during the JA Launch Lesson? . . .

The teacher will agree to host the volunteer entrepreneur during the 50-minute experience and create an environment that effectively engages the students. This includes staying in the classroom and assisting the volunteer as needed with logistics or classroom management. Additionally, participating teachers are provided activities that may be completed with their students before and after the classroom visit to maximize learning.