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St. John’s School wins People’s Choice Award in 2016 JABC Innovation Jam YouTube video contest

Vancouver, British Columbia – January 26, 2016 – JA British Columbia (JABC) is pleased to announce that St. John’s School in Vancouver has won the People’s Choice Award in the 2016 JABC Innovation Jam YouTube video contest! St. John’s School’s video garnered 1,321 likes during the 48-hour voting period.

Team St. John’s company “E.A.T.S.” (Environmentally Advanced, Technologically Sound) was to develop headphones made of recycled materials to invest into music programs for impoverished countries.

The 2016 JABC Innovation Jam brought together 116 high-school students from 20 schools across British Columbia to downtown Vancouver to develop innovative business ideas that would solve real-world social or environmental problems. Students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges consisting of local business leaders and professionals. All student pitches were video-recorded and posted on the JABC YouTube channel for voting on January 20-22. Student teams used their marketing and social media prowess to promote their videos. The team whose video generated the most number of “likes” in the 48-hour voting contest became the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Honourable Mention goes to Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver who came in second with an impressive 914 likes. Team Britannia’s company “Heart and Soul Wellness Co-op” was to create a fitness and mental health support centre to combat mental illness globally.

The three finalists selected from the Innovation Jam 2016 event will move onto the final round of judging for the Grand Prize title to be announced later in the spring.

View all 20 student pitches on the JABC YouTube channel >:

View photos of JABC Innovation Jam 2016 >

For more information, please contact:

Annie Ko
Manager, Marketing & Communications | 604.688.3887 x. 231
JA British Columbia

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JA British Columbia (JABC) is a member of JA Canada who is a member JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2015, over 35,000 students in BC benefited from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. Visit for more information.