What are the locations and dates of the 2016-17 program?

Porter Novelli: Buckhead
1 Alliance Center
3500 Lenox Rd, Ste 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Wednesday, 5-7 pm

YMCA Wade Walker: Stone Mountain
5605 Rockbridge Road
Stone Mountain, GA 30088
Wednesday, 5-7 pm  

Georgia Power: Downtown Atlanta
241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Thursday, 5-7 pm

Marietta City High School: Marietta
1171 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064
Thursday, 5-7 pm

UPS: Sandy Springs
55 Glenlake Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30328
Thursday, 5-7 pm

Banneker High School: South Fulton
6015 Feldwood Rd
College Park, GA 30349
Tuesday & Thursday, afterschool


Decatur High School: Decatur
310 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30033
Tuesday, 5-7 pm
General ElectricWindy Hill
4200 Wildwood Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339
Tuesday, 5-7 pm
PwC: Downtown Atlanta
1075 Peachtree Rd., Ste 2600
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tuesday, 5-7 pm
WestRock: Norcross
504 Thrasher Street
Norcross, GA 30071
Tuesday, 5-7 pm

Cisco: Lawrenceville
5030 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30042
Wednesday, 5-7 pm

IHG: Perimeter 
3 Ravinia Drive Ste 100
Atlanta, GA 30346
Wednesday, 5-7 pm


In three sentences or less, can you explain JA Fellows?
As a JA Fellow, high school students gain real-world business experience by working in teams of 15-20 to conceptualize, capitalize and manage a small business. Throughout the 18-week program, teams are hosted and advised by top metro Atlanta companies who provide insight around larger concepts, including market research and financial management. The JA Fellows program culminates at the annual competition, held in March, where teams showcase their businesses' success and compete for scholarships, awards, and the title of Company of the Year.

Can I choose which company will serve as my host? 
We allow students to list their preferred locations, and when possible, we attempt to accommodate these requests. However, we cannot make any guarantees.

Will I be able to balance academics and JA Fellows?
This varies by individual. Your first priority should be academics. If you are currently struggling to stay on top of your coursework, we may not be the best fit. Think of us as a next generation extracurricular activity that pays dividends (literally and figuratively!) down the line.

How much time outside of meetings and events will JA Fellows require? 
In addition to the weekly sessions and occasional special events, students should expect to spend, at minimum, 2 extra hours per week. Some weeks will require less time than others. Activities such as selling stocks, products or preparing for competitions will require more effort.

Are there additional opportunities available to JA Fellows?
Due to our extensive network of connections, we offer our Fellows chances to attend events that they may otherwise not have access to. They run the gamut from business focused to fairly whimsical - but hey, who doesn't like a few perks? 

What is the attendance policy?
Students meet one night a week for two hours when the program is in session. Due to the limited number of spots available, unexcused and/or excessive absences will result in dismissal from the program. With the exception of family emergencies or illness, your JA Fellows colleagues, JA Fellows staff members, your volunteers must be made aware of planned absences well in advance of the actual date(s). Again, we realize these are rigid policies; however, this is a tremendous opportunity, and to make the most of it, we expect you to attend regularly.

What is the conduct policy? 
We expect all JA Fellows to exemplify professional behavior at all times. A lack of respect for other students and/or adults will result in dismissal from the program. Students will also be expected to observe any and all regulations of their host sites, and be aware that their actions are a reflection on the entire program and Junior Achievement of Georgia. All student mobile devices should be turned off or silenced and put away during JA Fellows sessions and special events. All iPods, mp3 or other musical devices should also be removed. Headphones and blue tooth devices should never be worn during JA Fellows sessions or special events.

How much does the JA Fellows cost?                     
Due to the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to provide our program at no cost to the student. Some additional opportunities may have nominal costs associated with them, but we will always strive to award need-based scholarships to ensure that financial concerns are never a barrier to participation.
Is there a dress code?
This is a business education program therefore we ask that you dress for success. This does not mean that you have to wear a suit to your weekly meetings, though we do expect you to show up in clean, non-revealing clothing. Certain events, such as company charter presentations, job shadows, competitions and awards ceremonies will require students to adhere to business attire. Students will be provided with advance notification whenever possible if more formal dress is required. Please note that your host site may choose to enforce a stricter dress code at their discretion.          

Do students need to have an e-mail account? 
Yes. All applicants must have an e-mail account that they check regularly for information and correspondence pertaining to the JA Fellows. This is not the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian - this is the responsibility of the student. Most school media centers or public libraries should offer you the ability to briefly check your e-mail, even if you have limited internet connectivity at your residence. Be sure to change your SPAM (Junk e-mail) settings to allow messages from e-mail addresses ending in @georgia.ja.org. E-mail is one of our primary methods of communication, and it is vital that you are able to communicate with us electronically. If you do not currently have an e-mail account, please register for a free e-mail account with a provider such as Gmail or Yahoo prior to beginning your application. We strongly encourage you to register for e-mail addresses that are professional in nature (i.e. a combination of your name and numbers versus any slang or suggestive nicknames).

Can a parent/guardian just check it for them? 
Yes. We understand that many parents share or check their teenager's email accounts. This is perfectly fine as long as the student is aware that it is their responsibility to check the account regularly and reply when necessary. 

Do you provide MARTA cards or reimburse public transportation? 
No. We are unable to provide reimbursement for MARTA/public transportation.

What should I expect from my first meeting?         
At the first meeting you will meet with your business volunteers and teammates and brainstorm creative ideas for your team's product. We ask that every student come prepared with an innovative product or two and be ready to share their thoughts with the group. Students should plan to actively engage with others and be ready to embark on this amazing journey