Africa Internship Academy & Junior Achievement Ghana to mentor high school students with professionals

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Junior Achievement (JA) Ghana and the African Internship Academy (AIA) announce YOUth Harness 2017, a Job Shadow program slated for May 24. YOUth Harness aims to take 300 students (“shadows”) from Senior High Schools in Accra and match them with professionals (“hosts”) for a day of mentoring, giving students a glimpse into life as professionals in the careers they aspire to.

This program commemorates the theme of this year’s AU Day: Harnessing Dividends through Investments in Youth.

Job shadow programs aim to address some of the gaps students face when transitioning from school to the world of work. They expose young people to options that are available to them in a given field, as well as demystify and clarify what certain jobs entail. Students learn, for example that lawyers work not only in law firms but also in supermarket chains, in banks, hotel chains and with even non-profits. Through this, students appreciate the relevance of education to future success and are better able to make smart career choices. Consequently, host companies strengthen and promote businesses’ involvement in education, prepare the future workforce and give back to their communities.

On May 24 this year, students from schools in Accra will be paired with professionals in a variety of fields at companies located at Ridge and the Airport/ Stanbic Heights area. During the day, they will ‘shadow’ their hosts: attend meetings, observe them, ask questions, and get a feel of what it takes to be successful at their work.

Interested schools and interested companies should contact abeiku.greene@jaghana.org or priscillia.holdbrook@africainternshipacademy.com.

Availability is limited.

 

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