Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge

I first heard of Junior Achievement during a volunteer fair last year and thought their mission of teaching k-12 students real life skills like work readiness and financial literacy. In my opinion this is an incredibly invaluable opportunity for young people to gain this experience and be more prepared to enter the “real world”.

The Western New York chapter hosts multiple competitions and events yearly to let the students put their knowledge into practice including a business plan competition and a stock market challenge. This year I was asked to be a special guest at the Stock Market Challenge and I was blown away with the tenacity and competitive spirit of the participants. Over 360 students came together for a 50-day simulated trade floor experience to see who could build the largest portfolio.

Just walking around the room you could feel the electricity and teammates communicated through cell phones or working up a sweat running from trade floor to home base for up to the minute buying and selling. I am sure I was amongst many future expert financiers and business sharks. The top three teams were rewarded with exciting prizes and also the knowledge that their work paid off!

To become a JA volunteer in your area and help build a generation of educated and ethical professionals visit www.juniorachievement.org

With the winning team from Hamburg High School and their seriously cool trophy, modeled after the famous bull found in the financial district of NYC!

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