Smith Brothers Insurance partnered with Junior Achievement and Boys & Girls Club of
Hartford, to teach young people the power of entrepreneurship
Hartford, CT., November, 2022- Junior Achievement USA (JA USA) has been in the
business of inspiring youth for over 100 years. Today, JA has three pillars, Financial
Literacy, Work Readiness, and Entrepreneurship. This past summer Junior
Achievement of Southwest New England (JA) challenged 10 high school students to
dream big through entrepreneurship programming.
Over the course of six weeks, students in the JA Entrepreneurial Challenge, hosted by
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford and taught by Smith Brothers Insurance volunteer
mentors, learned what skills they would need to start their own business. Volunteers
from Smith Brothers Insurance walked students through idea creation, business
planning, and sales pitches. The program concluded with students presenting their
businesses to a panel of judges, Shark Tank style.
“The power this kind of long term program has is unmatched. We know, thanks to
comprehensive longitudinal data, that 143% of JA students are more likely to start their
own businesses. This program takes young peoples’ dreams and teaches them how to
make it a reality. It connects our students with professionals in the local economy and
gives them the resources to hit the ground running. ” says Jeremy Race, President &
CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England.
The impact reaches far past the students, the volunteers became mentors to these
students. Creating relationships that last long beyond the program dates.
“It is hard not to be passionate about helping the students when you see their passion
for the work they are doing. In terms of our big purpose at Smith Brothers of helping
others, we look at it as a way to give back to the community by helping foster the next
generation of creators and entrepreneurs” says Joe Smith President & CEO of Smith
Brothers Insurance, LLC.
“My dream for anyone who comes through the doors of this Boys & Girls Club is that
community and contribute in a way that is so meaningful,” says Sam Gray, President &
CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford.
With more JA entrepreneurial programming starting in 2023 (than ever before) there has
never been a more powerful time to teach young people the skills they need to be
successful entrepreneurs, showing them firsthand the value of business and job
About Junior Achievement of Southwest New England
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people
the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future,
and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by
corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands–on experiences that
give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial
literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 3.3 million
students per year in over 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2
million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Visit
If you would like to find out more information about this topic or about joining Junior
Achievement of Southwest New England, to make a difference in a young person’s life
by volunteering this school year, please contact President & CEO Jeremy Race at
About Smith Brothers Insurance LLC.
Smith Brothers Insurance is an independently operated, Top 100 Broker in the U.S
committed to helping businesses and families manage risk and uncertainty. We help
solve risk challenges, identify preventable losses, secure insurance solutions, help
should a loss occur, and work with you to achieve your goals. Founded in Hartford,
Connecticut in 1971 by brothers, Bob and Brian Smith, Smith Brothers Insurance has
expanded to more than 200 professionals. Smith Brothers is licensed in every state in
the U.S. and protects risk all over the world. Headquartered in Glastonbury,
Connecticut, our offices are throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and
About Boys & Girls Club of Hartford
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford fills the gap between school and home and touches
the lives of thousands of youth each year, providing a welcoming and positive
environment. Founded by four women in 1860, the Boys & Girls is the nation’s first Club.
We have nine locations in the Hartford area neighborhoods and schools, making it
convenient for our families. The Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young
people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive,
more information, please visit bgchartford.org.