Entrepreneurial teens can discover what it takes to become a successful business leader at CEO Academy, an exclusive one-week summer camp for high school juniors and seniors. Presented by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida and the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University, CEO Academy will take place at the Lutgert College of Business June 25-29. Applications for the camp are now being accepted.

Open to high school juniors and seniors from Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, CEO Academy allows students to work in project teams with local business leaders and educators. They learn about business from these experienced professionals by participating in hands-on activities such as creating business plans and marketing packages based on case studies of specialized international corporations. This year, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that for the first time, $1000 college scholarships will be awarded to each of the students on the winning team for the business plan competition that is held at the conclusion of the camp.  Each team will consist of five to six students, who are rising high school juniors and seniors from Southwest Florida schools. The judging panel will consist of past Junior Achievement Laureates, who themselves are exceptional entrepreneurs and have been recognized for making a significant contribution to the economic development of Southwest Florida while adhering to high moral and ethical principles.

Interested students may apply by contacting their school guidance counselor or the Junior Achievement office at 239-225-2590. There is a $100 application fee, which is fully refundable if the student is not selected. The deadline for applications to the Junior Achievement office is due by April 30, 2012.

Camp hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Inc. provides in-school and after-school programs for students in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties that focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Today, 122 individual area operations reach more than 4 million students in the U.S., with an additional 5 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. For more information about Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, contact Anne Frazier at 239-225-2590 or info@jaswfl.org. Our website is www.JASWFL.org.