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Teens learn business, leadership skills

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Teens learn business, leadership skills

SEA GLASS: Napu's company product is sea glass jewelry available in a variety of colors and styles. Photo courtesy of Napu

With meetings around the clock and business models molded for success, Guam's youth are taking their products to the public.

Junior Achievement is an entrepreneurship program meant to teach students leadership skills and business savviness by allowing them to create a company, product and business plan.

Over 15 weeks, the companies sell stocks, make their products and market and sell them. They create social media accounts, commercials and a company mission and vision, which they compile into an annual report.

Each company is led by elected student officers and guided by advisers from a sponsor company, which involves local businesses.

This year, Junior Achievement has seven sponsor companies: ANZ Bank, Bank of Guam, Bank of Hawaii, DOCOMO PACIFIC, GTA Teleguam, Southern High School and Simon Sanchez High School.

Prumesa

Prumesa, which is CHamoru for "promise," is sponsored by Bank of Hawaii and headed by its president, Rachel Lin.

"Our mission is to promise to clean our homes as a company, people and family. Our vision is to be a steppingstone for Guam's legacy from generation to generation," Lin said.

The company's product is a bracelet that comes in two styles: fully beaded ($20) or three beads ($15). The beads are made with one of three real gems, each with a special connection to climate change-related disasters all over the world.

According to Prumesa, white agate carries good luck. Blue sponge quartz holds hope for the better. Black lava rock strengthens connections to nature.

Prumesa members said they plan to give half their proceeds to organizations that are aiding typhoon relief efforts in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Driven to help others in need, Prumesa offers a special gift for all ages. 

"Everyone has the same goal: to help others (after) the natural disaster," Lin said.

Origins Sustieni

Origins Sustieni is sponsored by Bank of Guam and led by President Ethan San Nicolas. Sustieni means "sustain" in CHamoru. 

Teens learn business, leadership skills

SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT: Origins Sustieni members showcase their eco-friendly products. Photo courtesy of Cerila Rapadas

"Our mission is to take small steps toward a big difference and better our lives and posterity. Our vision is a cleaner, greener Guam," said Cerila Rapadas, the company's vice president of marketing.

The group members' eco-friendly product is a $25 bundle consisting of a reusable bag, a bamboo straw and Bees Wrap, a reusable food wrap. They hope the package encourages potential buyers to make an environmental difference by reducing the use of single-use plastics and their carbon footprint.

Origins Sustieni is for everyone, because "there is no limit to who can help make a difference," Rapadas said. 

She added, "We have our members taking orders individually in addition to our trade fairs. We also have a QR code that, if scanned, shows you our information. We wanted to refrain from printing flyers in keeping with our theme of environmental sustainability."

Adahi Guahan

Adahi Guahan is sponsored by ANZ Bank and overseen by Mary Ann McMurray, a senior at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam. Adahi means "watch out" or "be careful" in CHamoru.

McMurray said Adahi Guahan will be selling “bags for a cause," though the product was still in its developmental stages as of press time.

“They are bags that are designed by local artists and filled with products for the homeless, such as canned goods, water and feminine products,” McMurray said.

Adahi Guahan focuses specifically on helping those unable to afford the necessities in life, McMurray said. 

She added, “We are making the island a better and safer place to live one bag at a time."

Through her leadership role, McMurray said, her company stresses the importance of cooperation and communication.

Hermosa

Hermosa is sponsored by DOCOMO PACIFIC and driven by marketing head Tamica Hechanova, a senior at George Washington High School. Hermosa means "beautiful" in Spanish.

Teens learn business, leadership skills

TOTE BAG: One of Hermosa’s three tote bag designs created by production leader Angela Zhang. Hannah Daleno/ The Scoop

“We chose this name to prove how everyone is beautiful in their own way, no matter who you are,” Hechanova said.

The company is selling tote bags. With every bag purchased, a handcrafted journal will be donated to the less fortunate.

The fruit of the company's labor won't be exclusive to Guam, either. All Mariana Islands will benefit from Hermosa's work.

“We’re spreading it to the whole Marianas. What makes us different from other companies is that we thought, instead of just selling, we should also give back to the Marianas,” Hechanova said.

Napu

Napu is sponsored by GTA TeleGuam. Napu means "wave" in CHamoru. 

The company strives to promote a sense of unity, produce quality products that satisfy the community and raise money for marine life preservation, said company member Tammy Lee.

The company mission is “one that brings joy to the community (by) tending to their personal preferences and needs,” Lee said.

The Napu team uses sea glass to make jewelry for all ages. A variety of colors are available, in addition to simplistic designs suitable for teens.

Luna Puangco, another company member and reporter for The Scoop, said Napu's product caters more to students because "most high schoolers don’t have all the money in the world."

Puangco added, "We made our products affordable to students: $6 to $10 range."

Lee said, "Right now, everyone's having fun making all this jewelry and we’re primarily trying to focus on our next move and making customers happy.”

Astraea

Astraea is sponsored by Simon Sanchez High School. The company's goal is to make business interiors as aesthetically pleasing as the natural exterior of the island.

The company mission is “to create a healthier working and learning environment through toxin-removing plants.”

Teens learn business, leadership skills

PLANT POWER: Astraea’s company product includes plants in terrariums. Photo courtesy of Astraea

“Our products are three different plants and we have three different sized terrariums," the company said in a statement.

The three plants are: Stone Lotus Flower, Golden Sedum and Zebra Plant. 

Astraea vouches for the average customer by making its products affordable.

Astraea's small terrarium includes one plant for $20. The medium terrarium includes two plants for $40. The large terrarium includes three plants for $60.

The company hopes its beautiful plants and terrariums bring vibrancy to the everyday workspace.

Reach Out

Reach Out is sponsored by Southern High School. The company's mission is to improve mental health for all age groups.

The inspiration for the company comes after the tragic loss of a Southern High School student. The loss had ripple effects across the school, the company noted.

Teens learn business, leadership skills

VOICE BLOCK: Reach Out's company product is the "Voice Block," a square block featuring an inspirational or motivational quote. Photo courtesy of Reach Out

Without naming the student, Reach Out stated, "He was such a great student and got along with everyone.”

The company's product is a "Voice Block," a square wooden block featuring an inspirational or motivational quote. 

"You’re able to create your own quote or we can create them for you," the company said. 

The school's recent loss is a prime pillar of the product, which encourages a healthier mentality. The group wants people to know “they are loved."

Voice Blocks can be ordered for personal use or donated to a charity of the customer's choice. 

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