Maine's Future Entrepreneurs

Launchpad Junior

A partnership between Gorham Savings Bank and Junior Achievement that encourages critical and creative thinking, teamwork and self-confidence in Maine’s middle schoolers.

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2017 LAUNCHPAD JUNIOR 1ST PLACE, MAHONEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

I’m immensely proud of the Bank’s partnership with Junior Achievement of Maine. It's an organization close to my heart. I hope this program inspires some of these students to become entrepreneurs themselves someday.

- Steve deCastro, President & CEO, Gorham Savings Bank

AN INNOVATIVE OPPORTUNITY

FOR MAINE’S MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

Thanks to Gorham Savings Bank’s partnership with Junior Achievement, middle schoolers in Maine now have the chance to participate in LaunchPad through the JA “It’s My Business!” program. The process was designed to encourage independent, creative and critical thinking while emphasizing teamwork and engendering self-confidence in all participating students.

2019 LAUNCHPAD JUNIOR

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

  • Windham Middle School
  • Saco Middle School
  • Falmouth Middle School

CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING

THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS

The process begins with students working together in groups to brainstorm ideas for a business to fill a need in their community. The whole class works together to contribute to the idea. Throughout the process, the students apply concepts they learn in a wide range of previous lessons. Each class then elects a group of three or four students to represent both their idea and their middle school at the LaunchPad event in front of a live audience of hundreds of Maine entrepreneurs and business professionals.

LIVE AT THE

LAUNCHPAD EVENT

Volunteers from Gorham Savings Bank teach the LaunchPad Junior lessons. During the lessons, volunteers work with the students as they conceive and work together to refine ideas—a process that ultimately produces the “pitch videos” that will be played during the live LaunchPad event. At the event, each of the elected student groups will be invited on stage to answer questions about what they learned.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL

LAUNCHPAD JUNIOR CLASSROOMS!

2019

1st Place – Saco Middle School
2nd Place – Falmouth Middle School
3rd Place – Windham Middle School

2018

1st Place – Bonny Eagle Middle School (Buxton)
2nd Place – Memorial Middle School (South Portland)
3rd Place – King Middle School (Portland)

2017

1st Place – Mahoney Middle School (South Portland)
2nd Place – Gorham Middle School
3rd Place – Lincoln Middle School (Portland)

Bonny Eagle Winning