The teen entrepreneurs of CCA Today from Junior Achievement of San Diego County were selected from among 15 JA student companies as the JA Company of the Year, Powered by The Hartford, at Junior Achievement’s National Student Leadership Summit.
The San Diego students represent Canyon Crest Academy High in Carmel Valley and created a school app to inform students of activities and events on school campus. CCA Today’s product, which is compatible with all smartphones, serves as a recreational, campuswide application designed to enlighten students with information about events, schedules, news, and more. The teen company hopes the new technology will encourage students to feel a part of their school and improve their experience at Canyon Crest Academy.
CCA Today also took home the “Social Media Award” for creating a solution to address a local, national or global social concern.
According to Junior Achievement USA, the student companies competing at the National Student Leadership Summit were assessed on their financial performance, individual team members’ personal and professional development, on a self-produced commercial about their product or service, on their team’s live presentation to a panel of business leaders, and on their company’s performance at an Entrepreneurship Expo on Capitol Hill attended by members of Congress.
In addition to winning the JA Company of the Year title, the San Diego teens representing the student company in Washington, D.C., were awarded a JA Company of the Year Scholarship from The Hartford. The scholarships were awarded to five students on each of the top three finishing teams. Each member of the first-place team present in Washington, D.C., was awarded a $4,000 scholarship.