Virtual and Hybrid
Company Program Models
In consideration of the evolving COVID-19 guidelines on gatherings, meetings and in-person activities, JA Central Ontario will be offering the JA Company Program in two models for this upcoming 2021/2022 school year:
A) Fully Virtual – no in-person meetings will be required
B) Hybrid – may transition to in-person meetings if appropriate
A virtual Company Program will be the standard model to start off for the 2021-2022 Company Program Year for all teams.
All teams will be required to have the ability to run fully virtually for the full year.
If the corporate sponsor has opted-in to the hybrid model, the team may transition to in-person meetings if public health guidelines and individual corporate policies allow. However, this transition is not guaranteed and subject to change.
Our priority is to ensure all program activities and events can be delivered in a fully virtual model but to allow companies flexibility to transition to in-person format if it can be safely done and if they choose to do so. In this way, we can move forward with confidence that we can deliver a comprehensive Company Program experience without interruption or risk of cancelation. Most programs will be offered fully virtual with a few exceptions for the hybrid model available.
Our goal for the JA Company Program remains unchanged: to engage high school students in an experiential learning opportunity where they can develop critical life skills and gain valuable knowledge and insight into entrepreneurship. Through the JA Company Program, students will continue to have access to the success factors that have always been the foundation of the program including:
Experiential hands-on learning
Opportunity to collaborate
Opportunity to develop networking skills and network with JA community
Company Program events
PROGRAM MODEL COMPARISON
How can we register for the program? Is the registration process the same as previous years?
Registration will once again be completed online and will be first-come, first-serve. We will announce the registration opening date on social media and by email to all pre-registered students in advance.
Once registration opens, students will be able to sign onto the registration portal and view the list of program options which will be marked as either “fully virtual” or “hybrid”.
Fully virtual programs will not have a location attached to them. Hybrid programs will have a location attached to them and students who register to these programs must understand and be willing to commute to the physical location if public health and corporate policies allow. All programs will have the ability to run virtually if needed as there is no guarantee of the in-person transition.
*New* This year we have implemented a check out system that will hold a spot in a program for 5 minutes while the student completes their registration. This will help ensure that the registration is equitable and that students will be able to see in real time the number of spots left in a program. Instructions will be provided in advance on how to best manage the registration process to ensure you are prepared.
If you would like to be added to the pre-registration mailing list, please visit: www.jacocompanyprogram.org
Share the opportunity with your friends and sign up to a program together!
Who can register as a student?
Any student enrolled in a high school (grades 9 to 12) in the Central Ontario region will be eligible to participate in the program. Our Central Ontario region comprises of the areas including Toronto, York, Durham, Peel, Halton, South Simcoe and Dufferin regions.
Virtual Company Programs will be open to high school students living in any of these regions.
Hybrid Company Programs will be open to high school students who are willing and able to commute to a physical location when permitted – the locations will be shown on the registration portal. Physical locations depend on the corporate sponsor/host and may include the areas of downtown Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, etc.
If you are a student (or you know of a student) who previously was not able to participate in the JA Company Program because you were not able to travel to a physical program location, the virtual program model is a great option!
Is the program only open to students with an interest/background in business?
Company Program is a well-rounded program where students from all areas of interests and skills can participate and benefit from. While many of our students do come from business related classes, we have had students from a wide range of interest and areas (including arts, science, etc.) participate. We encourage students from all interests to take part – the skills you learn and the experiences you will have go far beyond the business world.
What tech requirements are needed to participate virtually? What if a student does not have access to these tech requirements?
Students will need access to a stable internet connection and laptop/tablet to be able to participate in the program as all programs will start off virtually. If a student does not have access to these tech requirements, please get in touch with the JA Company Program team in advance and we will support you in finding a solution.
Is there a particular reason that the number of students per team is set at 10-20 students?
For virtual programs, encouraging and supporting student engagement in a virtual environment will be more manageable in smaller groups.
For hybrid programs, a smaller group will ensure we are able to adhere to public health guidelines on physical distancing.
While we will be scheduling regular meeting times for advisors to work with smaller groups of students in breakout sessions, we want every student to have the opportunity to contribute in the full group sessions.
We also want to ensure programs all have an equitable number of students to support the program experience and tasks/roles. If student registration numbers exceed the number of available program spaces, we will consider increasing student capacity in programs that can support larger groups.
The 10 to 20 student group number is not uncommon. All of our virtual teams in the 2020-2021 Company Program ran with these numbers and in other JA charters across Canada, this is a standard number for their CP teams.
What if gathering restrictions are lifted in the New Year, will in-person meetings be allowed?
With the fully virtual programs, students (and advisors) on any given team would be located anywhere in Central Ontario and it may not be feasible for regular in-person meetings to take place as not everyone will have access to the physical location.
With the hybrid programs, the transition to in-person meetings will be determined on an individual program basis.
What virtual meeting platform will teams use?
It will be the responsibility of the sponsor/host to coordinate and manage the platform available for the meetings. These platforms include but are not limited to the following: MS Teams, Zoom, Google Classroom, GoToMeeting, WebEx, Skype, etc. The Lead Advisor(s) will communicate to students prior to the beginning of the program to share details. This will be a free meeting platform for students to use.
I am uncertain and anxious about creating a digital product as I don’t have any experience and/or skills in this area. What resources will be available?
JA will be providing additional resources to students and Advisors through our resource portal to support the digital product development.
This is a unique opportunity for students to take on a relevant and current challenge and develop their digital proficiency skills while learning about entrepreneurship. The skills students will learn this year will be skills that will be highly sought after for many years to come – no matter what industry/sector they decide on.
What are the guidelines for selecting a digital product?
We will be providing additional guidelines to teams regarding product/service selection. Companies will need to consider in-person production and in-person sales may still not be viable this coming year.
Recommendations would be to consider products/services that can be produced virtually and be sold on an e-commerce platform. Some product/service options include:
What are some ways to make money through a digital product or service?
There are many ways to make money through a digital product or service! Some examples include:
Selling an online service through an app or website and charging users
Selling a digital product (i.e. e-book) through a website
Selling ads or sponsorships for an app, website, or virtual event
Selling tickets for a virtual event
Selling a product you design using drop shipping
There are so many possibilities and opportunities – you just have to be creative and think outside the box! And you will need to do some brainstorming and research – just like with any product or service, you can only sell what people need and are willing to pay for.
Can you provide some specific examples of a ‘digital product or service’?
Please review our Company Program yearbook for 2020-2021 to see our full list of digital products and services.