Volunteer Awards Announced

At our board meeting on June 21, JA of Southwest Virginia recognized six volunteers for outstanding service during the 2015-16 school year:

      Volunteers of the Year: Mary Staples and Debbie Whitteker

      Volunteer Superheroes: Joanne Jones, Doug Phares, and Glenn Lindsay

      Spark Plug: Nancy Galli

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New Blended Learning Programs

Very exciting changes are being made to JA programming.  “JA is in the midst of an historic transformation that will allow our organization to pair JA volunteer mentors with digitally delivered curriculum, as part of a blended-learning experience, that will positively impact the students we serve,” says Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of JA USA.  In order to make these changes, JA USA has partnered with CrossKnowledge to develop a Learning Management System (LMS).  The LMS allows students, educators and JA’s network of more than 218,000 classroom volunteers to easily access JA curriculum using an electronic device and internet connection.  Don’t be alarmed, though, volunteers will still have face-to-face interaction with students!  The blended model continues to support the in-person delivery of curriculum content to students in the classroom. 

These high school programs have gone through the piloting phase of development and are fully ready for the classroom:

JA Company Program

JA Global Marketplace

JA Personal Finance

Both of these middle school programs may be piloted in all JA areas, and still available in kit form:

JA It’s My Business

JA It’s My Future

In addition, JA Our Region (4th grade) has been updated this year.  Stop by if you’d like to see how interactive and appealing it is!

If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact Laura Elliott, at 989-6392 x 202.

Adscape Wins National Award

JA of Southwest Virginia has been privileged to be a collaborator in the Adscape program, a new program developed by the Roanoke chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Last October, this program brought 100 high school students to Radford University for a day of exploring careers in the fields of Advertising and Communication. Students heard from professionals and faculty on topics like video production, commercial photography, public relations, agency management, 3D animation, social media marketing, and much more, including a keynote presentation by John Carlin of WSLS. The program won the Mosaic award for multicultural student programs. Click to learn more about the Mosaic awards.

GE Energy Challenge

Earlier this year, JA collaborated with volunteers from GE to host the GE Energy Challenge with 23 students from local high schools. Students had a chance to tour the GE plant in Salem, learn about engineering and problem solving, and try out some new skills.

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