CIBC FirstCaribbean Provides Platinum Sponsorship for Junior Achievement

Basseterre, 8 May, 2013. “Since the inception of Junior Achievement (JA) in St.Kitts & Nevis in 2004, CIBC FirstCaribbean has demonstrated its commitment to nurturing our Caribbean communities, by providing Platinum Sponsorship for the programme,” says Ladesa James-Williams, Country Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Speaking at the opening of the annual Junior Achievement Trade Fair at Independence Square, Basseterre, on Friday, 26 April 2013, Mrs. James-Williams stated that the bank was proud to encourage the region’s youth to be gainfully employed. She also commented that by learning the basics of entrepreneurship at an early age, through the JA Programme, the region’s youth were better equipped to make a contribution to their societies.

CIBC FirstCaribbean has also demonstrated support for the Junior Achievement Programme by ensuring that over the years, a member of the CIBC FirstCaribbean staff is a member of the JA Advisory Committee. Ms Kai Williams who has been the bank’s representative since 2010 says: “The JA program has enhanced my appreciation for the development of young people. It has also improved my own development as a young professional, giving me the opportunity to share and positively influence these individuals. This experience has been extremely gratifying and, with each activity, I feel motivated to continue promoting entrepreneurial development.”

Mr. Michael Blake, Senior Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, declared the Fair open and committed to maintaining Junior Achievement as a viable and beneficial option for the holistic education of students. He stated that the goal would be for all schools to be represented in the JA Programme.

Mr. Blake welcomed the participation of sponsors and expressed gratitude to those who had come on board, as he felt that no government, on its own, could supply all the needs of the community. He also noted that the success of such programmes hinged on the participation by corporate and other partners.

Sponsorship of the Junior Achievement Programme is one of the many programmes initiated by CIBC FirstCaribbean, throughout the region, to reach out into communities and make a difference. Other programmes include the Adopt-a-Cause staff volunteerism programme, a variety of scholarships throughout the region, the Caribbean Association of Youth Business Programme – which supports the development of entrepreneurship among Caribbean youth, and the bank’s Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the West Indies.

Six secondary schools participated in the Fair.

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