Building skills with Junior Achievement

Building skills with Junior Achievement

In a camp hosted by JA and HP, secondary school students in Europe develop ideas for socially responsible businesses.

Many young people about to enter the job market don't have the real-world skills and knowledge they'll need to succeed. That's why HP employees are working with JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement) to pass on their wealth of knowledge and experience to help students get a good start.

JA is a partnership between businesses, educators, and volunteers that reaches more than 9.6 million students a year. JA's unique approach is to enlist

members of the local business community to deliver hands-on curriculum while sharing their experiences to inspire students.

HP employees participate in a wide range of JA programs, volunteering their real-world knowledge in preparing students to succeed as skilled problem solvers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.

Broadening JA's impact HP collaborates with JA by holding competitive events that focus on the intersection of business and social responsibility. In 2010, HP volunteers teamed with JA to host the European Social Innovation Camp, where secondary school students developed ideas for social enterprises that addressed world challenges such as poverty and environmental degradation. HP employees served as mentors and judges, helping students refine their ideas with questions and feedback.

HP also supports JA through our other programs and activities focused on education and entrepreneurship. We've linked JA to our global training program HP LIFE, which teaches students, recent graduates, and aspiring entrepreneurs essential business and information technology skills; and the U.S.-based National Lab Network, which matches scientists and engineers with classrooms, inspiring children to explore science, technology, engineering, and math.