Junior Achievement and Microsoft Help Prepare Houston-area Students for the World of Work

 Junior Achievement and Microsoft Help Prepare Houston-area Students for the
                                World of Work

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2013

HOUSTON, Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Junior Achievement of
Southeast Texas and Microsoft today announced a new collaboration as part of
the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative to help local students explore careers in
the technology hardware and software industries.

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Through Microsoft YouthSpark, an increased number of local Houston-area middle
and high school students will participate in the JA Job Shadow^TM program,
including teacher-led classroom instruction around key work-readiness skills
such as leadership, teamwork and how to conduct a successful job search. The
students then visit a Microsoft Retail Store for a day-long mentoring
experience giving them a first-hand glimpse into the world of work and the
opportunity to apply their classroom learning.

"We are thrilled to partner with Microsoft to help students develop and
enhance skills needed for future career pursuits," said Rick Franke,
president, JA of Southeast Texas. "Through JA Job Shadow, students will learn
resume writing, job interviewing and decision making, to help position them
for success in the workforce."

Students in the greater Houston region join youth in 49 other communities
across the United States to participate in this effort.

About Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is the greater Houston area's largest
organization dedicated toinspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a
global economy. Througha dedicated volunteer network of 12,000 adult role
models,JA of Southeast Texas provides in-school and after-school programs for
students in grades K-12 which focus on entrepreneurship, work readiness and
financial literacy. Today, JA of Southeast Texas reaches 245,000 students in
more than 900 schools. For more information, visit www.jahouston.org.

About Microsoft YouthSpark

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities
for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years.
This companywide initiative includes Citizenship and other company programs —
both new and enhanced — that empower youth to imagine and realize their full
potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education,
employment and entrepreneurship. Find out more at:

Media Contact(s):

Kevin Hattery
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas
(713) 682-4500

Tom Murphy
(425) 538-4718

SOURCE Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Website: http://houston.ja.org
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