Samaiyah | Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City

Samaiyah | Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City


“I bake a lot and my friends do too. I thought, what if we sold what we made to raise money for the Australian bushfires?” So Samaiyah took what she learned in Junior Achievement and started a social enterprise company. “We had to figure out how to get materials, how to sell, and how much to charge.”

“We wanted to sell our goods on school grounds, but we had to get administrative permission. We wrote a memo about why we were starting the business, who was in it, what we needed from them, and what we were willing to do.

Samaiyah’s startup was cut short by the pandemic shutdown, but she is confident the skills she learned from JA will equip her to seize on future opportunities. “My JA volunteers really supported me. They helped me further my business ideas and learn how to manage my finances.”

Samaiyah’s mother, Samara, is grateful for the tools passed onto her daughter through JA programs. “I never had that kind of business understanding as a kid. Junior Achievement stoked an entrepreneurial fire in Samaiyah! When she gets her chore allowance, she thinks about what she wants to do with it. How she can save it. How she can spend it. JA helped us have important conversations about money.”

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