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Junior Achievement, Microsoft Prepare San Diego Students for the World of Work

January 10, 2013

Software giant joins thenonprofit in bringing a real world to the classroom

Today, Junior Achievement of SanDiego and Microsoft announced a new collaboration as part of the MicrosoftYouthSpark initiative to help local students explore careers in the technologyhardware and software industries.

ThroughMicrosoft YouthSpark, the local JA middle and high school students willparticipate in the JA Job Shadow program,including teacher-led classroom instruction around key work-readiness skillssuch as leadership, teamwork and how to conduct a successful job search.

On Jan. 16,18, 23 and 30, the students from King-Chavez, Crawford, Hilltop and El CajonValley High Schools will visit a local Microsoft store for a day-long mentoringexperience to get a first-hand glimpse into the world of work and theopportunity to apply their classroom learning.

“We arethrilled to partner with Microsoft to help students develop and enhance skillsneeded for future career pursuits,” said Bunmi Esho, director of education atJunior Achievement of San Diego. “Through JA Job Shadow, students will learnresume writing, job interviewing and decision making to help position them forsuccess in the workforce.”

Students inSan Diego will join youth in 49 other communities across the United States toparticipate in the effort.

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JUNIORACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES works locally to reach 50,000 students in K-12classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year, which takes thousands volunteerswho lead classes and experiential programs.  For more information onprograms in San Diego and Imperial Counties, visit www.jasandiego.org.

MICROSOFT YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunitiesfor 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years.This companywide initiative includes Citizenship and other company programs —both new and enhanced — that empower youth to imagine and realize their fullpotential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education,employment and entrepreneurship.  Find out more at: http://www.microsoft.com/youthspark