Hagatna, Guam – Junior Achievement of Guam announced today that they successfully implemented and completed a JA Job Shadow Program® with JA Japan.
JA Job Shadow meets the needs of a diverse group of high school students by providing engaging, academically enriching, and experiential-learning sessions in work readiness education and career perspectives. Following participation in the program, students are able to:
• Identify and demonstrate the work readiness skills needed to research, get and keep a job
• Develop innovative personal strategies to pursue life-long learning and career opportunities
[Kneeling L-R: Davon Moss; Aaron Arizala; Kersha Taitano; Haruka Usui; Kaitlin Paulino; Diego Shimizu; (2nd row)Jeremiah Pinaula; Honoka Ono; Yuka Nagayama; Midori Ono; Hannah Tyquiengco; Tasi Castro; Shizuka Kasai; (3rd row)Leo DeAsis; Kazuma Ishibashi; Avery Fernandez; Yuta Hishikawa; Kazuki Yusa; Shunya Tojo; Rikuya Miyazaki.]
This is the first time that this program has been conducted on Guam with JA Japan. Through their sponsor, FedEx Asia Pacific, JA Japan brought ten high school students and 2 chaperone’s to Guam to participate in the program. JA Guam identified ten students to pair with the Japanese students. Students from Notre Dame High, Guam High, St. Thomas Aquinas High, Father Duenas Memorial High, Harvest Christian Academy and Southern High made up the Guam contingent. In addition to FedEx Asia Pacific and Guam, JA Job Shadow was sponsored by IT&E Guam and KUAM Pacific Telestations.
Kaitlin Paulino, 11th grade from NDHS, said, “I will remember this experience for a long time. I met people from Japan and Guam who I created a network with. Through social media, we can easily keep in touch and exchange idea’s about our future plans for college or in the work force.”
[JA Job Shadow Sponsors photo 1: Amier Younis, JA board member; Beth Lizama, JA Executive Director; Yoriko Kuroli, JA Japan Excutive Director; Meg Tyquiengco, JA board member; Georgette Reyes-Wiltz, JA board member; Janet Aguon, IT&E Corporate Sales Account Manager; Mike Taitano, Media Sales Consultant; Katsutoshi Ueda, FedEx Asia Pacific Senior Manager; Masaki Gakiya, FedEx Asia Pacific Senior Account Executive; Alex Jimenez, FedEx Guam General Manager.]
Beth Lizama, Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Guam, said, “The students were exposed to the “real-world” of work at FedEx, IT&E and KUAM. They observed professional work conduct, learned what skills and education they need to earn jobs, and participated in host-led activities. She added, on behalf of the JA Board, thank you to our sponsors, students, parents and corporate donors who helped make this program successful”.
Junior Achievement of Guam is a non-profit organization that has served more than 5,000 Guam students since 1976.