Warm Sunshine on the Ground

Qormi, 03/08/2018

I have been living in Malta for 2 weeks and today my second week as a business facilitator has passed.

I leave the school, find a beautiful park, or better; it is the only place where I can enjoy some shade, along with a little breeze.

I sit. I am happy. I write.

Finally, I give words to my thoughts and feelings regarding my experience on this Island.

Finally, I can do that without the sun kissing my chest. The sunlight hits my head and the heat makes my shirt completely wet, but I like it! Warm sunshine on the ground means living out of the comfort zone, it means taking streets that have no name and doing it with a positive attitude, always.

Day by day Malta seems to be left all by itself, for me. As a kid who jumps for the first time into the water without armrests. To me, this is Malta so far. An island left amongst the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, left to its own history, hopeful about the future. In a constant conflict between the reality and the ambition, between the elderly from the centre of the island and the young people dancing on the seaside.

I am a bit tired but I am proud of myself. The job is tough but insanely interesting and challenging.

I do not know how to define what I feel when I sit behind the teacher’s desk. If I think about that, I smile.

It is a mix of feelings. I am glad while I am teaching but at the same time I feel the huge responsibility. The responsibility of providing concepts, knowledge, the responsibility of inspiring students. And do it in my way, using my approach.

The responsibility of teaching them not how to study or how to behave but how to not stop dreaming. How to turn their creativity and ideas into reality. I love it! I have loved the Europe My Business programme since the beginning.

Before starting the session, I take a look at the class, I look in their eyes. I see myself.

Just few years ago I was a student. Honestly, I have never been one of the best. I was a scholar but I preferred to focus more on other stuff. I liked playing sports, taking part in different activities, hanging out with friends. All things, as well as education, that helped me to be the person who I am today.

Then I start, I break the ice. The first few minutes I want to have a light and upbeat conversation with students.

I try to be friendly. Friendly teachers were the best when I think back.

Time flies with them. I really enjoy my time! How wonderful listening to students’ life plans and answering to their curiosity is. I try to do my best. I share with them my educational background, work experiences and mostly my valuable life lessons.

Before teaching business, I try to give them my rule of life: “Believe in yourself, always!”

Now I have to go, I have a business meeting.

I get up. I keep walking again. I cannot wait for the coming week.

Warm sunshine on the ground.




JAYE is currently running 2 summer programmes for the younger entrepreneurs out there at various SkolaSajf centers on the island. The first is ‘Our Community’, which is an interactive method of helping 8-10 year olds understand the basic concepts and importance of a community, and the jobs that form part of it. The second is Europe my Business, this time helping 11-14 year olds broaden their entrepreneurial knowledge and come up with business ideas of their own.

Both of these programmes have been adapted for the particular age group in an attempt to make them as fun yet knowledgeable as possible. By doing so we have seen students who had no idea of the concepts of entrepreneurship develop the right skills and attitudes to have an entrepreneurial mindset.




#Celebrating30

 

It has been 30 years since Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Malta Foundation initiated the will to inspire young minds.  It didn’t take much longer for the founders to start off the legendary Company Programme just a year later in 1989.

Three decades later  and the Company Programme Finals and Awards Night, as majestic as ever was once again held on the 27th of May 2018. This was the the night when JAYE celebrated remarkable minds and forged connections.   16 teams of anxious youths awaited their spotlight moment in the Grandmaster Suite of the Hilton Malta.   We were thrilled to see that we were joined by many current  and past friends of JAYE including, families, friends, mentors, link teachers and sponsors.  One of whom was local artist and JAYE Alumni, Christabelle, who shared a few words of motivation for the participants.

The evening was a lengthy one. It took off with the semi-finals where all the 16 Company Programme teams had to convince the panel of judges of their company’s success, achievements and personal entrepreneurial development. This was pivotal moment for them.  After the 9 long months, of learning, discussing, creating and developing their companies it boiled down to those 4 minutes.

Everyone is a winner!

Once the finalists pitched their successes once more, the most anticipated moment of the evening ceremony had arrived.  The Award Ceremony;  9 Awards, 2 Runners up and the Company of the Year 2018 Title. The ceremony started off with the first two awards presented by Deloitte.  The Best Business Plan  awarded to Brelki, from Verdala International School, and The Best Financial Statements to Evolveco, from St Aloysius College Malta. Deloitte also presented 2 students with the opportunity of an interning with them.  The Best Use of Communication Platforms, presented by the Malta Communication Authority,  was also awarded to Evolveco.  Next up were The Best Human Resources Award and Best Implementation of Marketing & Sales Award both awarded to OPUS from De La Salle College, presented by Farsons and the JAYE Alumni Malta respectively. Following was ACE, from St Aloysius College presented with The Best Social Enterprise Award by Microsoft Malta.  The EFQ Quality Excellence Award, presented by none less than EFQ Management Consultancy  to FAZE from G.F Abela Junior College.  The Philip Bonnet Award for Perseverance was awarded to McAlistair Azzopardi and Paul Sullivan from G.F. Abela Junior College and St Martin’s College, respectively.  The John Harper Award for 2018 was awarded to HSBC Malta Foundation They have been a great support for the successes of JAYE Malta Foundation! Nonetheless reflected by the 11 internship opportunities they have given for Company Programme participants.

The Company of The Year 2018 goes to…

The most climactic moment had arrived. The announcement of the 2 Runners up and the title of the Company of the Year 2018! 2nd Runner Up was Samsara from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary. 1st Runner Up was Faze.  Last but not least the Company of the Year 2018 title, presented by HSBC was awarded to Evolveco, from St Aloysius College.  Evolveco’s mission is to replace plastic cup consumption with biodegradable ones.  However Evolveco’s journey has not ended yet.  They will now be representing Malta at the 29th JA Europe Company of the Year Competition to be held in Belgrade between the 19th and 22nd of July 2018.

We would like to congratulate all the participating students as the JAYE Malta Company programme is not an easy feat.

Not a success without…

During this night, ideas flowed and connections forged. These are the moments where futures build roots. An evening not possible without the constant support of the panel of judges, mentors, link teachers and all volunteers who never fail to ensure that the programme is a success. Additionally all our corporate sponsors including HSBC Malta Foundation, Microsoft Malta, Atlas Insurance, who presented the team with Insurance Coverage for their trip, and ISL who have been nothing but great. Last but not least we would like to extend our thanks to the Programme Sponsors including EFQ Management Consultance, MCA, Farsons, Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise and Industry, ZAAR and Deloitte Malta.

 




Forging Connections

The Start Up Finals & Award Night on the 26th of May (at the Hilton Malta) was a celebration of  exceptional young minds forging connections with a wider network of stakeholders. This evening marked the end of the JAYE Malta’s Start Up Programme for nine Start Ups set up by local youths from different tertiary educational institutions.  For the past nine months the participants worked tirelessly to develop test and validate their business ideas. During the final presentations the Start Ups pitched their ideas to the judges, investors, entrepreneurs and fellow colleagues.

The Awards

The awards ceremony was the most awaited moment of the evening.  Anticipation of all the participating students, family, friends and colleagues boiled down to these results.  The recipient of the first award for Continuous Development and Entrepreneurial Spirit was Keith Chircop, from MCAST.  Pawesome, from St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education, was awarded as the Best Social Enterprise by Agenzija Zghazagh. The last award for Best Business Potential presented by the Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise & Industry was awarded to Prezminder, from the University of Malta.

Celuna as the JAYE Malta Start Up of the Year 2018

The evening ended with Celuna, from St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education, announced as the JAYE Malta Start Up of the Year 2018.  Celuna aims to help people manage their time more effectively by designing a gamified application that combats digital procrastination. The next challenge for Celuna is the #jaEEC18 (JA European Enterprise Challenge 2018) in Riga where they are going head to head against 15 other European teams.  For the next three days, starting today the 25th of June, Celuna are pitching their ideas to European Industry leaders hoping to bring back to Malta another European Trophy!

We would like to thank Patrick Young, who was our compere for this fantastic evening; our event host, Hilton Malta and sponsors, S.Rausi Trading and Donna Fugata. We would like to thank all the mentors, link teachers and all other individuals who volunteered their time over the year. Last but not least we would  like to thank our corporate sponsors: HSBC Malta Foundation, Microsoft, ISL and Atlas Insurance together with our programme sponsors including: The Alfred Mizzi Foundation, PwC Malta, ICAEW, Agenzija Zghazagh, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, MCA and ZAAR.




Many know us as Young Enterprise!

Many have amazing memories of Young Enterprise!

Many feel the owe much of their career formation to Young Enterprise!

That is why this year we are Celebrating 30 years of Inspiring Young Minds. We want to showcase the achievements of our Alumni and all those who have collaborated to help create great memories and build fantastic opportunities for our Alumni.

Today we are Junior Achievement Young Enterprise (following the merger between Young Enterprise Europe and Junior Achievement Worldwide), but we are the same bunch of people who are mad about;

  • entrepreneurship education,
  • creating opportunities for young people to discover and explore their creative intellect, and
  • building the most diverse business network through our Alumni.

As we launch a year of activities to recognise and celebrate 30 years of Alumni achievements, founders, board members and staff, mentors and advisors, sponsors, donors, volunteers, educators and parents who have all contributed to where we are today, we are calling upon ALL Alumni to get in touch and connect.

We will be ‘laying out’ a number of success stories at our National Youth Fair 2018 on Saturday 24th March at The Point Shopping Mall from 10:00 to 19:00. If you have a story to tell – and we’re sure you do –  come and visit us on our JAYE Malta Stand on levels Zero and Minus 2 or visit JAYEMalta.org/register and be part of the change that will continue shaping your landscape of opportunities! #Celebrating30 #InspiringYoungMinds #NYF18