eBay volunteers guide Bay Area high school students to create their own companies

High school students from across the Bay Area recently descended on the San Jose PayPal campus through the JA Company Program. As a part of this extended learning opportunity, the students were there to promote their companies and sell their products to eBay employees.

"I'm constantly amazed and energized by the creativity and ambition of the students Junior Achievement attracts. They're the leaders of tomorrow, and it?s rewarding to know we volunteers helped in a small, but hopefully significant way, to shape their future and their impact on this world," said Lily Chai, PayPal Senior Project Manager.

The eBay volunteers have been working with Junior Achievement of Northern California for four years. Through this partnership, the JA students created their own companies on eBay and receive guidance from volunteer eBay advisors. Products the students made ranged from hand-made jewelry to custom-made hoodies. The event drew nearly 40 students from 25 different high schools, selling $1,000 worth of merchandise to PayPal employees.

"I volunteered last year, and it was such a rich and fun experience, I came back this year," said Nausher Cholavaram, Senior Software Engineer eBay, Marketplaces.The eBay volunteers delivered relevant, hands-on experiences that gave the Bay Area high school students the knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship and helped empowered them to own their economic success.

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