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LA Launch Lesson: Calling All Entrepreneurs

When it comes to making a positive impact, there’s nothing quite like an in-person connection.

The concept of connecting students with local business professionals to provide guidance, feedback, and mentorship is at the heart of the JA mission, and in a world dominated by social media, those in-person interactions with caring adults mean more than ever. This Fall, JA of Lincoln came up with a new way to provide our students with those kinds of meaningful interactions. Introducing JA Launch Lesson!

JA Launch Lesson puts local entrepreneurs into classrooms to share what inspired them to start their own businesses, and to open students’ eyes to the opportunities provided by entrepreneurship. Reading about entrepreneurship is good, but learning from and interacting with a real entrepreneur from your community takes the lesson to another level. JA believes it is important to provide young people with an opportunity to engage with entrepreneurs to help them better understand the benefits and challenges of starting a business.

JA Launch Lessons are one hour presentations in the classroom by a local entrepreneur. It’s a simple, effective formula. Our very first entrepreneur to participate was Janell Folkerts, who spoke to the students at Southwest High School. Janell shared the process and challenges of about starting her own business, Janell Folkerts Consulting. The students participated in an ice-breaker activity, learned the steps to become an entrepreneur, and spent time asking questions and having a discussion with Janell.

If you are an entrepreneur and interested in speaking to a middle or high school class, we’d love to hear from you! We’ll work around your schedule, finding a convenient time for you to spend an hour in the classroom sharing your experiences. To learn more or get involved, please contact Alison at awalton@jalincoln.org.

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