Junior Achievement Holds its 19th Annual Summer Camp
Junior Achievement Holds its 19th Annual Summer Camp
One hundred forty students representing 140 different schools participated in the Junior Achievement summer camp held from July 16 to 23 in Dzaghkadzor. The students earned the privilege of being embraced in this most unique activity by scoring a high grade on written exam.

The mission of the camp is to congregate the brightest of students and to streghten their understanding and appriciation for free market economics and civil society. In this connection , all the activities designed for camp are educational amd come to serve this purpose.

While at camp, among other activities, the students conduct elections to form a government, write and present business plan on a given topic and hold a debate on matter of concern to the public. An important part of the 7 day program is also to have guest lecturers who speak on the issue of interest to the students. The guests this year were Vazgen Manukyan, Presidents of Public Council, His Excellency Jonathan James Aves, Ambassador of the UK, Mr. Ralph Yirikyan, General Manager of VivaCell MTS, Mr. Gagik Danielyan, CEO of Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company in Armenia, Mr. Armen Ashotyan , Minister of Education, Mr. Ruben Melikyan, deputy Minister of Justice and young writer and author of the book Family of Shadows, Garin K. Hovannisian.

Mr. Ralph Yirikyan shared his impressions of the meeting with students'  "The Junior Achievement starts with the readiness to change the knowledge to civilized and flexible manner. It is necessary for the development of the country and the youth establishment. I have an impression that the people gathered at this camp wish to choose this way".

Ambassador Aves concluded "It was a delight to meet such a lively group of young people . I was impressed by the range and thoughtfulness of the questions the asked me. The JAA is be commended for running this program which gives young Armenians the opportunity to develope their leadership skills and broaden their horizons".

The Junior Achievement program is an educational program called Entrepreneurial and Civic Activism of Young People of Armenia which is financed by USAID. The program offers students practical experience in forming and running a student business company. As part of their business activities, the students establish and run "mini - companies". They elect their managers, conduct marketing research, write business plans, manufacture a product or offer a service, and design advertising and sales strategies. as part of their learning experience and Corporate Social Responsibility practice, they also allocate a portion of their profits to carry out community- oriented  projects. Students receice guidance about their businesses from JAA teachers as well as consultants from companies such as VivaCell- MTS, Mary Kay, Megerian Carpet, Armenia Marriott Hotel, HSBC Bank, Kanaka Construction, the Coca - Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, and the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia.