March 10th , 2021 – Junior Achievement Bahamas’ first virtual conclave attracted two hundred and thirty-three students from around the country offering career guidance sessions, a motivational speaker, activities and competitions. The first of the competitions was the National Speech Competition, led by Dwayne Davis of Toastmasters, which featured Achievers who had won their Division Finals. Don Johnson from JAELE, (Junior Achievement Eleuthera) walked away with the trophy after an inspiring oration on “Innovative Dreams & Virtual Realities”, highlighting multiple perspectives on how to handle a world in the aftermath of the Covid-19 virus.
The SBDC Pitch Competition gave BahamaJAC ’21 attendees the opportunity to compete in group pitches that centered around the theme, ‘Combating Covid 19.’ After a series of excellent presentations, it was the ‘E-Trade’ Group (Lyanda Hilton, Chardonnay Bowe and Monesha Tousseus) who walked away with the JA Bahamas’ Chairman’s prize $1000 in cash and $3,000 worth of educational grants from the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC). The E-Trade Group developed the inventive concept of a communications and e-payment app, creating supporting launch and business development financials that blew judges away and earned them the top spot. Second place winners, Cyber Inc which created and pitched a health-based app called ’19 Warnings’ were awarded $2,000 in educational grants from SBDC for their efforts.
“We were quite impressed by the enthusiasm and level of preparation from the students. It is always gratifying to see our programmes at work when students can articulate their ideas and present their concepts not only in an idealistic sense but also account for the operation and costs associated with bringing that business to market. We are proud to be in a position to shape, mold and allow our youngsters a safe place to grow as future business leaders,” said Tammy Lecky, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Bahamas. Ms. Lecky went on to thank the teams of volunteers, speakers and sponsors (SBDC, Cable Bahamas Media & BPL) without whom the event would not have been possible.
Those interested in viewing the competitions and career guidance sessions hosted during the three day conclave are encouraged to visit JA Bahamas’ YouTube channel.