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JA salutes committed volunteers for service to students

As the new school year gets rolling, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass paused to thank its volunteers who have given five, 10, and 15 years of service educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and basic financial matters. “That kind of commitment and longevity is fantastic. It really makes a difference with what we’re able to give back to the community,” said Sheri Evans Depp of Lexmark, who heads the JA board of directors.

In JA’s Adopt-A-School program, local companies provide student materials and volunteer training for a particular school. Other community partners support JA’s financial literacy programs and curriculum. During 2016-17, JA coordinated 251 volunteers in Fayette County Public Schools and altogether reached some 22,500 students across several counties. Among those were more than 1,600 FCPS youngsters who visited the JA BizTown/JA Finance Park facility off Georgetown Road.

“I’m in awe of your commitment and the energy it takes. We couldn’t be more appreciative of the work you do,” Miranda Scully, the Family & Community Engagement district coordinator for FCPS, told volunteers at JA’s Aug. 23 luncheon. “We thank you for saying you can and you do,” she added.

Seventeen volunteers received pins and certificates to recognize milestone years of service and their combined 547 sessions taught. “It’s good to come into a classroom and relate my real-world experience,” said Gary Rice, who works at Baptist Health Plan and volunteers at Julius Marks Elementary. “I think I get more out of it than the kids do.”

Rice, Karen Cropper, and Ronn Robinson have marked 15 years of volunteering. Receiving 10-year pins were Katherine Leigh (pictured at left), Meagan Sisk, Karen Ecton, Hui-Nee See, Susan Cohen, Billy Lanter, Kelly Abraham, Greg House, and Robin Harris, along with Craig Browning, Lora Knight, and Tommy Roberts. JA also saluted Cherie Fluek and Thom Wright for five years of service.

To get involved, visit the Junior Achievement’s site or call program manager Callie Tincher at (859) 219-2423.

April is JA Month in Kentucky!

We are so proud to announce that April 2017 has been declared Junior Achievement Month in Kentucky. In honor of all Kentucky Junior Achievement regional offices (Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro) being recognized with the highest national honor, the JA USA 5-Star award, Governor Matt Bevin has proclaimed April 2017 to be Junior Achievement Month in the Commonwealth.

The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand. Recipients must demonstrate growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance. Achievement against these criteria is certified through JA USA and audited financial statements.
 

(Left to right) Bowling Green President Drew Martin, Louisville President Debra Hoffer, JA of the Bluegrass President Lynn Hudgins, and Cincinnati President Greg Ebel.


Our regional offices, including the regional office in Cincinnati which serves northern Kentucky, bring JA programs to over 117,000 Kentucky students each year.

The proclamation states “It is important for the Commonwealth to recognize and support programs that increase financial literacy, strengthen the workforce, and inspire young people to become entrepreneurs.”

To celebrate Junior Achievement Month, the area offices have been sharing ways to get involved, and information about the life changing impact JA programs have had on students. To learn how you can get involved, call or visit JA of the Bluegrass! 

2420 Spurr Rd., Ste. 150, Lexington, KY 40511   |   Phone: 859.219.2423

Junior Achievement honors Fayette teacher, top volunteers

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass saluted its volunteers and thanked teachers and other supporters at the annual Adopt-A-School & Community Partners Breakfast Reception, held April 12 in the JA BizTown mall off Georgetown Road.   

JA, which educates young people about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and basic financial matters, selected Elizabeth Davis of Yates Elementary as its Teacher of the Year. She was nominated by volunteer Kim Gentry.   

“I have taught several JA classes at multiple schools, and Mrs. Davis has been the most refreshing teacher I have ever worked with,” Gentry wrote. “She participates and is active in each lesson and brings personal experiences into the lesson. And her communication with me has been second to none.” 

At Yates, most of the children in kindergarten through second grade participate in JA. This year, Davis’ students have discussed needs and wants, budgets and decision making, taxes, and how they can contribute to their community. 

“The sooner you can instill financial literacy in a child, the more positively you can affect their future,” said Davis, who teaches second grade. “As we adults know, a financial decision you make now can impact your life for many years to come. Students need to learn healthy attitudes about money and how their economy works so that they can make the best decisions for their futures.”   

In addition, Tommy Roberts, a certified financial planner at Central Bank, was honored as JA Volunteer of the Year for Fayette County. Roberts leads the Personal Success lessons at Henry Clay High School, where he has volunteered in Jody Cabble’s class for about 10 years. “I enjoy teaching the students about real-world issues and how to solve them,” he said. Roberts also donates time at Ashland Elementary, where his children attend. “My goal is to give a little knowledge and experience to as many students as possible so they can have the confidence in their own futures,” he said. 

Roberts was nominated by Cabble and social studies teacher Steven Riley, who welcomed him into his Advanced Citizenship class at Henry Clay. “He was punctual, organized, prepared, and honest with the students about what they are going to be asked to do in the ‘real world,” Riley said. “Some of the students in my class come from very challenging backgrounds, but Mr. Roberts was able to listen to their perspectives and help them apply what they were learning in JA to their lives.”

JA also recognized John Hibbard, who serves in Franklin County schools, as Volunteer of the Year in outlying counties, as well as its 2016-17 community partners.

This year, more than 440 volunteers have led classroom lessons in three dozen counties. In JA’s Adopt-A-School program, companies provide student materials and volunteer training for a particular school. Additional partners back the financial literacy programs and JA curriculum. 

Speaking at the breakfast, FCPS Superintendent Manny Caulk suggested the greatest challenge to providing a world-class school system here is equity – ensuring that all youths get what they deserve and what they need for access to the best education possible. “For many students, education is the pathway to a better life. The opposite of poverty is career readiness and financial literacy,” Caulk said to the JA crowd, noting, “You’re giving them hope.”

To get involved with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, contact officer manager Erin Warren at (859) 219-2423.

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Receives $25,000 Grant from Bechtel Group Foundation

Bechtel is partnering with Junior Achievement Worldwide to deliver programs to students around the world to achieve both local engagement and global impact through the “Bechtel Building Future Leaders 2017” initiative.  In 2017, Bechtel employees will deliver JA’s impactful programs related to work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship to elementary, middle and high school students.

The Bechtel Group Foundation awarded Junior Achievement (JA) of the Bluegrass $25,000 to implement additional programming in Madison County Schools.  “Bechtel is proud to partner with Junior Achievement to reach young people in our community,” said Ron Hink, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass (BPBG) Project Manager, Richmond, KY.  “JA is one of only four Bechtel signature programs supported globally by our company, signifying the importance we place on preparing students for the workplace and teaching them financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills.” 

“Bechtel is an extremely valuable partner for JA of the Bluegrass. In addition to providing the necessary funding to increase work readiness classes in Madison County and prepare students for their future, the company also allows their employees to teach the material,” says Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass.    

About Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass:

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass was incorporated in 1963 with the purpose of inspiring and preparing students to succeed in a global economy.  During 2015-2016, JA’s community volunteers served over 20,000 students.  In January of 2017, JA of the Bluegrass opened JA BizTown/JA Finance Park – an experiential opportunity for 5th and 8th graders.  With the support of positive adult role models who volunteer their time, JA enables students to understand business, citizenship, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, ethics/character and work readiness.  These learning experiences establish the foundation upon which today’s students can acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in a fast-changing world.  For more information, please visit www.jalexington.org.   

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Sandersville fifth-graders practice real life in JA BizTown

Sandersville fifth-graders practice real life in JA BizTown

Author: Tammy L. Lane

Sandersville Elementary fifth-graders walked in bigger shoes during their JA BizTown simulation day, when they took on various responsibilities of employees and consumers. For 11-year-old Porter Cranney, it was an opportunity to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps as a CPA.

“It’s really fun, and you get to be the adult for a while,” he said of BizTown, adding, “You’ve got to get prepared for the future.”

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, which educates young people about basic financial matters, workforce readiness, business management, and entrepreneurship, opened BizTown this month in the former Linlee Elementary building off Georgetown Road. In partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, JA transformed 13,000 feet of space into an interactive mall where students can experience lessons in economics and community. The venture is staffed by JA members, business leaders, and volunteers, including parents.

Before the field trip, the Sandersville students were assigned jobs in a bank, health clinic, utility, restaurant, media company, retail outlet, or other business. Some were designated CEOs and CFOs, and 10-year-old Annie Arnold was sworn in as mayor at BizTown. “It’s really creative. They’ve put so much thought into it and made everything so detailed,” she said in praising the JA project. 

The initial storefront partners are Chick-fil-A, Forcht Bank, Keeneland, KentuckyOne Health, Kentucky Society of CPAs, Kentucky Utilities, Lexington Herald-Leader, the Center for Community Service (sponsored by the Mike Scanlon family), Toyota, UK HealthCare, University of Kentucky, UPS, and WLEX18.

The day began with the young CFOs preparing payroll and printing checks for their employees and everyone reviewing their job responsibilities. As the mini city came to life, store owners designed marketing campaigns and set prices, office workers delivered invoices, and students took turns as shoppers. They also revisited the JA lesson on debit vs. credit cards, filled out deposit slips, and opened savings accounts.

“It’s a cycle – once you’ve worked, you earn a paycheck. Then you put the check in the bank, and then you can spend money. These are great practical life skills,” said Sandersville teacher Grace Webb.

Webb and her colleagues had prepared their classes using JA’s 12-lesson curriculum and will follow up with a reflection on their day at BizTown.

“This gives us the ability to serve schools in a unique way,” said Ron Wigglesworth, JA’s senior education manager. “We want kids to understand the connection between education and careers and how the real world works because that’s what BizTown is all about.”

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT HONORS FOUR BUSINESS LEADERS IN 2017 WITH INDUCTION INTO THE BLUEGRASS BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

junior Achievement Honors FOUR Business Leaders in 2017

With Induction Into ThE Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass proudly announces the following professionals as 2017 inductees into the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame: 

The late Robert Congleton

Carol Martin Gatton

Mike Scanlon

Al Smith

The 2017 class of Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame Laureates will be officially inducted during a banquet and ceremony to be held on Tuesday evening, May 16th at Keeneland. 

These Laureates are leaders who have exemplified the American Dream.  Their labor and vision have benefited their own businesses, while also improving the quality of life for the entire Bluegrass area.  These business leaders are being honored for achievement in their careers, service to the community and for serving as role models for our youth. 

Since 1989, Junior Achievement’s Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame has annually recognized esteemed leaders of the Central Kentucky business community.  To be considered as a Hall of Fame member, an individual's record of business achievement must demonstrate:  1) courageous thinking and actions, 2) vision and innovation, 3) business excellence, 4) inspiring leadership, and 5) community mindedness. 

Robert Congleton (posthumously) – In 1948, he entered the family retail lumber business, Congleton Lumber Company, where he spent the next twelve years.  Bob is a co-founder of Congleton-Hacker Company, a general contracting firm, where he served as Chairman of the Board.  Long active in community affairs, he was Chairman of the Board of the Lexington Chamber, Treasurer of the Lexington Center Corporation, president of the KY Retail Lumber Dealers Association, presient of Equestrian Events, a member of the Board of Congleton Lumber Company, the KY Horse Park Foundation, Lexington Rotary Club, Lexington Philharmonic Society, The Lexington School, Fasig-Tipton Company, United Way of the Bluegrass, a Lifetime Trustee of Darlington School and Fellow to UK and an elder of Central Christian Church.  In 2001, he was awarded the Year 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Associate General Contractors of Kentucky for his contributions to the construction industry. 

Carol Martin Gatton - Born in Bremen, KY, began as president and general manager of Bill Gatton Motors in Owensboro, Ky., in 1959, just a half-decade after his graduation from college.  That has since mushroomed to Bill Gatton Chevy - Cadillac, which now incorporates eight additional auto dealerships in Alabama, Texas and Tennessee. He also opened a Honda dealership in Bristol, Tenn., where he remains owner and general manager.  In 1995, he made a multi-million dollar gift to the College of Business and Economics at UK, the largest gift ever made to the University. In his honor, the UK Board of Trustees later renamed the college "The Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics." Also donated a large sum of money to the formation of the gifted academy at Western Kentucky, opened in 2007 as the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, where high school students could finish their last two years of high school taking rigorous college classes.

Mike Scanlon - Mike founded The Zenith Company in April of 2015.  They are the franchisee of and developer of Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafes in Central and Northern Kentucky.   They are a company committed to creating a work environment where people will thrive, help our community thrive and have fun.  They focus on community engagement providing fresh, healthy and cravable food and having FUN.  They operate Johnny Carino’s Italian in Lexington and Southern Indiana.  He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fleetwood Land Management and the Co-Founder and President of Thomas & King developing 88 Applebee’s in 25 years.  The Applebee’s Restaurants were sold in 2013.  Until recently, he served as the Interim Executive Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  He remains active in Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, the Hope Center, Catholic Action Center and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. 

Al Smith – Al Smith built a small but significant chain of rural newspapers in Western Kentucky.  He served for 33 years as host and producer of the most important public affairs commentary program in KY.  He was appointed by President Carter as federal co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission and continued to serve for a year under President Reagan.  He bought and published the London Sentinel-Echo before selling to Park Enterprises.  He was co-founder of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at UK.   The Al Smith Arts Fellowship is awarded in his honor for the work he did as chairman of the KY Arts Council.  He was a founding President of Leadership KY (he received their annual Flame of Excellence Award last year) and a founding chair of the Shakertown Roundtable.  He was honored by the National Rural Assembly in Washington, DC sponsored by the Ford and Kellogg foundations, as a National Rural Hero in Media in 2007. 

About Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass was incorporated in 1963 with the purpose of inspiring and preparing students to succeed in a global economy.  During 2015-2016, JA’s community volunteers served over 20,000 students.  Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free enterprise.  With the support of positive adult role models who volunteer their time, JA enables students to understand business, citizenship, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, ethics/character and work readiness.  These learning experiences establish the foundation upon which today’s students can acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in a fast-changing world.

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass opened JA BizTown/JA Finance Park in January of 2017.  JA BizTown serves upper elementary classes with operating “businesses” such as a bank, city hall, utilities center, realty office, restaurant, retail businesses and more.  Students discover the real-life opportunities available in the free enterprise system as they become business operators, taxpayers and consumers for a day.  JA Finance Park provides a practical, hands-on personal budgeting simulation for middle school students.  They learn about the implications of financial decisions, consider the options available, and construct and live within a personal budget. For more information, visit www.jalexington.org.    

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE BLUEGRASS ANNOUNCES GRANT FROM THE HONORABLE ORDER OF KY COLONELS

Junior Achievement of The Bluegrass
Announces Grant from the Honorable Order of KY Colonels

Lexington, KY — Junior Achievement offices across Kentucky are the recipients of a 2016 grant provided by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.  This grant will provide JA program materials that will be used in at least 150 classrooms across the Commonwealth. 

“We appreciate the generosity of the Honorable Order of KY Colonels each year.  Their involvement with Junior Achievement offices across the Commonwealth is so important to our success each year.  Their investments allow our volunteers to inspire countless numbers of students to dream big and reach their full potential,” says Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass. 

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is a non-profit 501 © 3 charitable organization of talented and capable men and women appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky because of their service to the state.  We act as the Governor’s ambassadors of Kentucky’s heritage and rich history of arts and entertainment. 

The Colonel’s primary objective is to support needy Kentucky charities and worthy Kentucky organizations by raising money from our membership to help these organizations who stand ready to help our citizens share in Kentucky’s boundless future.  We celebrate this mission and encourage and affirm one another in these efforts.    

For more information about getting involved, visit our website www.jalexington.org .


About Junior Achievement of The Bluegrass, Inc. (JA)
Junior Achievement is the state's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches nearly 20,400 students in the JA Bluegrass region. For more information, visit our website at http://www.jalexington.org, connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JABluegrass, or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jabluegrass

UPS Foundation Awards $7,200 Grant to JA of the Bluegrass

Contact: Ron Wigglesworth
Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass
859-219-2423
ron@jalexington.org

UPS Foundation Awards $7,200 Grant to JA of the Bluegrass To Expand JA Entrepreneurial Program in Central Kentucky
Partnership offers JA Be Entrepreneurial program locally to help shape the future of youth in a global economy

LEXINGTON, KY - Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass have announced a partnership with UPS Foundation to launch an entrepreneurship program to benefit local high school students. For 2016, UPS Foundation has provided a $7,200 implementation grant to provide a minimum of five classes of the JA Be Entrepreneurial curriculum.

The program focuses on challenging students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in school and assists students in developing their entrepreneurship knowledge and skills. "This is the seventh year in which the UPS Foundation has invested dollars to expand JA’s Entrepreneurial curriculum to the students of JA of the Bluegrass. The UPS Foundation's commitment to the future workforce is something we wish all corporations could support - this investment will help us all build a better tomorrow," says Lynn Hudgins, President, JA of the Bluegrass.

“In today’s economy, a significant challenge we are facing is how to attract more young people, especially women,” said Jim Murray, Package Division Manager for the KY District. “We believe our support of this initiative with Junior Achievement will give young people the opportunity to see their own potential and encourage them to be part of the next generation of leaders."

JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. Each year JA reaches more than 10 million students worldwide and helps to develop successful financial management habits, empowering them to explore the potential of becoming an entrepreneur and providing them with the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass reaches 20,450 students.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA) Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.2 million students per year in more than 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

About UPS: UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web atUPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visitpressroom.ups.com/RSS.

Junior Achievement praises volunteers for service to schools

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass invited volunteers to a thank-you luncheon Aug. 16 at the central offices of Fayette County Public Schools, whose students benefit greatly from the professionals’ dedication.

“Teaching a J.A. class is rewarding, but it’s also a time commitment. To do it year after year is what drives J.A.,” said David Royse, the organization’s board chairman. “What makes us unique is the wide variety of volunteers in the public and private sector. They are committed to Kentucky’s schoolchildren.”

Junior Achievement educates young people about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and basic financial matters. In the Adopt-A-School program, companies provide student materials and volunteer training for a particular school. Other business partners support J.A.’s financial literacy programs and curriculum. Late this fall, the J.A. BizTown / J.A. Finance Park will open in the former Linlee Elementary building off Georgetown Road.

At the luncheon, more than a dozen volunteers received pins and certificates for five, 10, and 15 years of service. In addition, Lora Knight and Ronn Robinson earned the Bronze Award for having taught at least 50 J.A. classes, and Roy Turley received the Silver Award for leading at least 100 classes. These three have altogether touched the lives of more than 4,800 students.

During the 2015-16 school year, JA volunteers reached some 20,400 students through 844 classes across Central Kentucky – an increase of about 2,000 students from the previous year.

FCPS Superintendent Manny Caulk noted one theme that emerged from his conversations with high school students last year was a need for more financial literacy. “I accepted that as a challenge, and it underscores the importance of the work you’re doing,” he said at the J.A. gathering. “Our students need to be more competent in those areas, so I’m extremely grateful for the work you do.”

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass has taught K-12 students for more than 50 years, empowering them to take charge of their future economic success. For more information, visit www.jalexington.org or call JA President Lynn Hudgins at (859) 219-2423. 

To view the full article go to: http://www.fcps.net/news/press-releases/2016-2017/javolunteers.

 

 

Junior Achievement Unveils Plans for JA BizTown/JA Finance Park

Junior Achievement Unveils Plans for JA BizTown/JA Finance Park

In partnership with the Fayette County Public Schools, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass will transform approximately 13,000 square feet of Linlee Elementary School into an exciting, state of the art facility where students from throughout Central Kentucky will come to experience a living lesson in economics, community and financial literacy.

JA BizTown will serve upper elementary classes with operating “businesses” such as a bank, city hall, utilities center, equine center, restaurant, wellness center and more. Imagine fifth-grade students discovering the real-life opportunities available in the free enterprise system as they become business operators, taxpayers and consumers in JA BizTown. Most importantly, imagine students who think that learning basic math, economics, technology, social studies and reading and writing is fun!

JA Finance Park will provide a practical, hands-on personal budgeting simulation for middle school students. The classroom curriculum is complemented by a visit to the Park where students will immerse themselves in a reality-based decision-making process addressing individual and family budget considerations such as housing, transportation, food, utilities, health care, investments, philanthropy and banking. At JA Finance Park, students will learn about the implications of financial decisions, consider the options available and construct and live within a personal budget.

“Just think about how amazing it will be when we have a JA BizTown/JA Finance Park right here in Fayette County to enhance the work already happening in the classroom. The new facility will not replace JA’s classroom components already in place; it will only add more opportunities for students to connect what they learn in school with what they need to succeed as adults,” remarked Fayette County School Superintendent Manny Caulk.

Junior Achievement will welcome their first students to JA BizTown/JA Finance Park in late fall of 2016.

Junior Achievement Announces the 2016 Volunteer and Teacher of the Year

Junior Achievement Announces the 2016 Volunteer and Teacher of the Year

Because of their overwhelming history of service to Junior Achievement and our students, two women have been selected to receive the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award.  Kelly Abraham, who began working with JA 10 years ago, has volunteered in 69 classrooms in grades K-7 at several schools throughout Fayette County.  Karen Cropper has been a JA volunteer for 14 years and has delivered JA’s program in 58 classrooms in the Scott County schools. 

According to Mr. Michael Spaeth, teacher at SCAPA at Bluegrass, who nominated Kelly Abraham for the award, “Kelly works with my seventh-grade group teaching the ‘Economics for Success’ program, but she also works with the sixth-grade ‘Global Marketplace’ program and volunteers with the elementary grades as well,” Spaeth said. “She is always very prepared, making sure to review lessons and prepare materials ahead of time, and makes sure to learn all of our students by name. She has a kind demeanor that students relate to, but also keeps everyone’s attention whether through activities or personal examples. Kelly teaches the material provided by Junior Achievement, but isn’t afraid to go off script if she feels she can add something meaningful to the lesson.” 

According to Mrs. Stephanie Chenault, teacher at Eastern Elementary in Georgetown, KY, who nominated Karen Cropper for her award, “Karen has been an exceptional volunteer for many years. She is always prompt when setting up our JA dates and times for all of our 1st grade classes and works hard to instruct our students in fun and engaging ways. She knows her material inside and out, and demonstrates great passion for the kids. We greatly appreciate her time and dedication over the many years she has helped our classes her at Eastern Elementary. “

Mary Beth Olds, an elementary school teacher at Peaks Mill Elementary School in Frankfort has been named the 2016 JA Teacher of the Year.  Olds has had Junior Achievement programs in her classrooms for the past ten school years.  She was nominated by JA Volunteer, John Hibbard. “Ms. Olds is a huge asset to the JA program. She lets the volunteer control the class and teach the lessons. JA is incorporated in her lesson plans. The children are always interested. She is a fantastic teacher! I can’t say enough about Mrs. Olds. She one of the best teachers I have come across. She CARES and want all of her kids to succeed,” says Hibbard. 

These awards were presented during JA’s Annual Adopt-A-School and Community Partners Breakfast Reception that was held on Thursday, March 17, 2016.  

2016 Bluegrass Apprentice Competition

LOCAL TEENS PREPARE TO COMPETE IN JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT’S BLUEGRASS APPRENTICE COMPETITION

PRESENTED BY AT&T

Lexington, KY — Today, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass, Inc. (JA) announced it is partnering with AT&T to host the 2016 JA Bluegrass Apprentice competition. The event will be held at Creative Lodging Solutions (CLS) on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, and will run from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Now in its fourth year, the JA Bluegrass Apprentice provides Lexington students the opportunity to pitch ideas for new business ventures in an exciting competition form. In addition, prominent members of the Lexington business communities will serve as judges. More than 10 teams (nearly 50 students) will conceive, research, develop and competitively pitch enterprising ideas for products or services. The top three winning teams will walk away with cash prizes valued up to $750, provided by the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network.

The Kentucky Innovation Network has been around since 2001 creating a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. “The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network has enjoyed working with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass to advance entrepreneurship throughout the Fayette County school system,” said Warren Nash, Director of the Lexington Kentucky Innovation office. “It has been exciting to observe these students hunger and enthusiasm to learn more about what it means to be an entrepreneur.”

Prior to the event, students will have completed a seven-week JA curriculum entitled, “JA Be Entrepreneurial.” This curriculum, taught by volunteers from the Bluegrass business community, introduces students to the essential components of a practical business plan. After completing the course, students will be able to recognize characteristics and practices of successful entrepreneurs and demonstrate business-planning skills for venture start-up, marketing, financing, management, and ethical decision-making.

“We recognize that not all students want or need to start their own businesses, although many will,” said Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass. “The main goal of the JA Bluegrass Apprentice competition is to help these kids become more competitive and more adaptable in a constantly changing business environment. In addition, JA and AT&T hope to encourage them to ‘think entrepreneurially’- to provide solutions to their generation’s challenges, whether they jump start their own ventures, or adding value by working for someone else.”

For more information about the JA Bluegrass Apprentice competition, please contact callie@jalexington.org or visit: www.jalexington.org

Local entrepreneurs show high schoolers how it’s done

Freshmen and sophomores taking the Business Principles class soaked up valuable strategies from professionals visiting Tates Creek High School during JA Entrepreneurship Week. Super Soul founder John Meister and marketing director Amanda Hudgins assured students that they, too, can excel even in a crowded field like video gaming. “It’s one industry that’s trying to grow in this area,” Meister said. “You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley. You can start a company here, and there are communities to support you.” “We’re trying to keep tech jobs local,” Hudgins added.

Junior Achievement of The Bluegrass (JA) lined up several business leaders to share their inspirations, challenges, and success stories with students at Tates Creek, Lafayette, and Paul Laurence Dunbar high schools. The group also included Warren Nash, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network, and founders Shylo Shepherd of Purrody Games, Leonard Wedderburn of Power on Games, and Tim Knowlton of Mildmojo Games. They helped students begin to see how through dedication to a dream and continued hard work, they can make their own opportunities. “We are so grateful to these local entrepreneurs for offering their time and talent in the classroom. We are excited for our students to meet them personally and understand what qualities are necessary to become a successful entrepreneur,” said JA President Lynn Hudgins.

Four-year-old Super Soul is among several video gaming studios that formed a local nonprofit called RunJumpDev. They meet regularly to try out each other’s ideas and share feedback on everything from gaming technology and design, artwork and sound quality, to team-management approaches. “Marketing and prototyping and getting ideas out there applies to any company,” Meister noted. While Super Soul mainly develops educational games for the University of Kentucky and KET, it also offers products for PlayStation4 and Xbox 360.

At Tates Creek, Meister led the students through an abbreviated “game jam” in which small groups brainstormed how to develop an idea into a viable product. They had to keep in mind the genre, storyline and characters, game mechanics, platform, money-making options, and their target audience. A spokesman from each group then had two minutes to pitch their proposal.

Ninth-grader Sam Newman’s group came up with a game called Corporation Capitalist, which focused on adults creating their own business. “It would teach you real-world skills if you were actually going into business. It would be a good tool for schools, too,” he explained. Sam thought the 15-minute version of a game jam weekend was an effective way to test an idea and see not only if a video game made sense but also if it was fun. “This can work for marketing any product or service – just tweak it a little bit,” he said. Tates Creek teacher Eric Jackson, who plans to use JA curriculum in his Business Principles class this spring, welcomed the entrepreneurs’ contribution. “That real-world perspective brings that missing piece to the class. That’s why I like JA,” said Jackson, who volunteered with JA while in banking before moving on to a second career in education.

Jackson also thinks his students can meet Super Soul’s entrepreneurial challenge. “They are capable of coming up with an idea, developing it, and seeing it through,” he said. “Hopefully they can take those ideas and pursue them. I can see some of these games coming to life.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week

 

2015 Be Entrepreneurship Week

Junior Achievement of The Bluegrass

Puts Local entrepreneurs in Fayette County Classrooms

Lexington, KY — Junior Achievement of The Bluegrass, Inc. (JAB) announced today that it will be celebrating JA Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 16 - 22. The initiative, designed to correspondwith Global Entrepreneurship Week, will put entrepreneurs into high school classrooms throughout Fayette County during the week. These local entrepreneurs will share what inspired them to start their own businesses and to open students' eyes to the opportunities provided by dedication, hard work and entrepreneurship.

“We are so grateful to these local entrepreneurs for offering their time and talent in the classroom. We are excited for our students to have this time to meet them personally and understand what qualities are necessary to become a successful entrepreneur,” says Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass.  

JA believes it is important to provide young people with an opportunity to engage with local entrepreneurs to help them better understand the challenges, benefits and opportunities of starting a business. The JA programs, which have been impacting kids around the world for nearly 100 years, start discussing the role of an entrepreneur at a young age.

JA Entrepreneurship Week highlights current JA programs by bringing an inspiring entrepreneur into the classroom for an hour during the week to share his or her experience with students. The program is designed to be simple for the entrepreneurs to implement, but engaging and interesting for the teens participating. For example, during a JA experience with a traditional program, students can learn how to create a business plan or successfully interview for a job.

To help engage entrepreneurs, JAB will be working with the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and the University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship.


For More Information, Contact

Ron Wigglesworth or Callie Tincher at (859) 219-2423 or
by email at 
ron@jalexington.orgcallie@jalexington.org.

JA Newsletter - September 2015

JA Volunteers Needed

For the fall 2015 semester school year, 150 Junior Achievement classes are still in need of a JA volunteer. This number is continuing to grow each day! With that being said, we need your help in making sure that each and every one of these classes receive a JA program in their K-12 classrooms. 

We believe that it is extremely important to encourage students to start thinking about their future earlier rather than later. We depend on our volunteers to be a vital part of this process. By relating your own experiences to the JA programs, you are able to become a positive role model and make a difference while also leaving an exciting, memorable experience. 

Volunteering to teach a classroom is a fun and easy way to get involved in the community and with JA.

We are in desperate need for volunteers willing to start ASAP! 

If you are interested in teaching a JA program to your local students or know of someone who would be a great fit, please contact us for more information!  
 

JA of The Bluegrass Volunteer Highlight 

Kelly Abraham is going on her 9th year of volunteering with Junior Achievement! Recently, JA of The Bluegrass presented Kelly with a Junior Achievement Bronze award which indicates that she has taught 50+ JA classes. She has a real passion for impacting the lives of children in her local community and has proven to be a reliable and wonderful volunteer throughout the years.

"Each time I teach a class I am reminded that all of these children have the opportunity to make a difference in the world, and I want to make sure they know that.  While I realize I am only with them for 5 or 6 classes during the school year, my hope is that one thing I say will stick with them, encourage them to work hard in school, and know they can be the change they want to see in the world."- Kelly Abraham, First Presbyterian Church  
 

Program Highlight: Financial Literacy

 

 

In the spring of 2008 the Fayette County Public Schools and Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass entered an agreement to provide a curriculum that would allow all students to receive vital financial literacy training essential for a successful future. This 7th grade Financial Literacy curriculum is the first step in providing this important information to our young people.

As today’s turbulent economy has shown us, being financially literate is extremely important and can prevent one from making bad financial decisions that can have drastic consequences.

It is our hope that the information in these six lessons will prepare our students to make good decisions in their personal financial lives that will allow them to not only be smarter consumers, but help them become more competitive in today’s world economy.

Acknowledgements 

We want to thank these sponsors that allow the FCPS and JA of the Bluegrass to provide this vital information:

·         Kentucky Bank

·         Kentucky Utilities

·         PNC Bank 

Without their support, this curriculum would not be possible.

Special thanks to the Lexington Herald-Leader for sponsoring the printing of these materials
 

Event Highlight: JA Annual Bowl-A-Thon

"The Difference You'll Make is Striking!"

OCTOBER 22-24 & NOVEMBER 5-7

Join more than 500 bowlers at Collins Bowling Center for bowling fun, prizes, and music. Bowlers help their team raise money by collecting contributions from friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Collectively these funds constitute a substantial and important source of support for JA's educational programs. Join the JA Team of volunteers, teachers, and participants to promote financial literacy in our community. Contact Erin Warren at erin@jalexington.org or Sheila Vaughn at sheila@jalexington.org for more information.

 

 

Kentucky Colonels from all over the world are partnering with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass

 

Kentucky Colonels from all over the world are partnering with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass to improve the lives of those living in this community.

On September 9th, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass will receive a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky during a ceremony at the Lexington Children’s Theatre.  This grant will be used to empower students to own their financial success and succeed in a global economy.

 Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass volunteers inspire over 18,300 students in 750 classes.  With the support of positive adult role models who volunteer their time, JA enables students to understand business, citizenship, economics, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, ethics/character and work readiness.  JA programs also encourage confidence and motivate young people to achieve their personal, educational and career goals.  These learning experiences establish the foundation upon which today’s students can acquire the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in a fast-changing world. 

 Members of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels include some of the greatest achievers and people of influence in the world.  Each member has received the title of “Kentucky Colonel.”  That is the highest civilian honor the Governor of the Commonwealth can bestow.

 The Kentucky Colonels, through their Good Works Program, will distribute this year nearly $1.5 million to support over 143 worthy causes.

 

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE BLUEGRASS AND BECHTEL WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD FUTURE LEADERS

Partnership offers programs in Madison County to help shape the future of today’s youth in a global economy

Bechtel employees will work with Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass (JA) to deliver JA programs focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness to local students through the “Building Future Leaders” initiative.

“Thanks to Bechtel for its support of Junior Achievement programs,” said Lynn Hudgins, President. “We are working together to help students become workforce ready and explore careers in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.”

“A significant challenge we face in the engineering industry is how to attract more young people, especially women,” said Charlene Wheeless, head of Bechtel’s Global Corporate Affairs in Reston, Virginia. “We believe our support of this initiative with Junior Achievement will give young people the opportunity to see the potential a career in engineering offers and to encourage them to be part of the next generation of industry leaders."

Bechtel’s support provides needed expansion of JA programs, delivering programming to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience such enrichment programs. The programs will be delivered by Bechtel employees in the classroom during the school day.

“Additionally, we are grateful for Bechtel’s commitment to our youth in Madison County by encouraging its employees to deliver our programs. We could not provide this benefit to our young people were it not for the corporate volunteers who deliver our programs in the classroom every day.”

Each year JA reaches more than 10 million students worldwide, helping them develop successful financial management habits, providing entrepreneurship education, and imparting the skills necessary to succeed in a global workforce. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass reaches over 18,300 students.

About Bechtel Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 58,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in 40 countries. www.bechtel.com

JA Volunteer Appreciation Lunch - August 6, 2015

Caulk praises Junior Achievement volunteers’ contributions

Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk stopped by the Junior Achievement volunteer appreciation luncheon to thank the dozens of professionals for their time and service to Fayette County Public Schools. “We can’t do this work alone. It takes an entire community to ensure the success of our students,” said Caulk, a former JAboard member in Maine. “Thank you for your commitment and that of the companies you represent.”

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass educates young people about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and basic financial matters. In the Adopt-A-School program, companies provide student materials and volunteer training for a particular school. Additional partners back the financial literacy programs and JA curriculum. Caulk praised JA for giving youngsters a real-world connection to potential careers. “Our ultimate goal is to prepare all students for college, career and life,” he told volunteers at the Aug. 6 luncheon, held at the district’s central office. “Hopefully you walk away with the feeling that you’re making an impact.”

During the 2014-2015 school year, JA of the Bluegrass reached 18,400 students through 750 classes in CentralKentucky. Forty-six volunteers were invited to the luncheon, where they received pins, certificates and awards for their years of service. “You’re somebody from the business world, from outside the school, who can come in and talk about how it really is in your business setting,” noted Ron Wigglesworth, JA’s senior programmanager and a retired school principal. David Royse, chairman of the JA board of directors, mentioned how students are genuinely excited to hear from local professionals about their work environment and job experience. “The volunteers are really the heart and blood of what we do in JA,” he said.

For more information, email Ron Wigglesworth at ron@jalexington.org or call (859) 219-2423.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT USA® AND THE TACO BELL® FOUNDATION FOR TEENS™ TEAM UP TO IMPROVE GRADUATION RATES IN LAUREL COUNTY

 

Lexington, KY — Junior Achievement USA® and the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ have partnered to inspire, educate and raise graduation rates among London and Corbin high school students.  JA of the Bluegrass is one of 13 communities to receive Taco Bell Foundation for Teens’ generous grant to implement career-focused education among area schools.

In addition to the $8,300 grant provided by Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens, schools will implement the JA Career Success™ program, which helps students identify their desired careers and better understand how to develop the skills necessary to achieve a successful life. Through the curriculum, students learn how to effectively conduct a job search, how best to respond to common interview questions, and how positively building their personal brand can translate to a rewarding career. Program activities include interactive challenges through the use of JA’s digital app, JA Success Park.

“The United States has seen an increase in high school graduation rates, but there is still more we can do. In our area, work readiness is a focus of our employers, but we have to get the students to graduate so we can prepare them to enter the workforce,” says Lynn Hudgins, President of JA of the Bluegrass. “It is so important to teach this generation about the value of education and work readiness, so they can become financially independent, professional young people.”

Following completion of the seven-week program, JA of the Bluegrass and Taco Bell will host a celebration event where participating students will have the opportunity to sign the Graduate for Más promise. By signing the promise, the students will join nearly 200,000 students nationwide who also have made the promise to graduate high school.

“Taco Bell is committed to our teens and their futures. We want to empower these young leaders to reach their full potential and help them understand what success could look like,” said Marjorie Perlman of Taco Bell. “We want to see as many London and Corbin students graduate from high school and pursue their dreams.”

Graduate for Más provides tools and resources to teens while tracking their progress towards graduation and life goals. By making the promise to graduate, the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens and JA of the Bluegrass will help equip high school students with the tools and tips needed to be successful in school and post-graduation and reward them for keeping their commitment.  

Other JA Areas receiving grants from  the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens includes JA of Jackson & Josephine Counties (Medford, Ore.); Charleston, S.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Columbia, S.C.; El Paso, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Salisbury, Md.; Louisville, Ky.; Los Angeles; Johnstown, Penn.; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Chicago.

For more information about the Graduate for Más promise, please visit: www.graduateformas.com. For more information on JA Career Success, visit www.ja.org.

About Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens ™

Taco Bell Foundation Inc., also known as Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™, is a not-for profit

501(c)(3) public benefit corporation committed to building 21st century leaders through its programs, partnerships, and direct financial assistance. Since 1992, the Foundation has served over 2 million teens in 6,000 communities across the country where Taco Bell restaurants have a presence. Through the support of our customers, franchisees, employees and vendor partners over the last 20 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $45 million in grants and scholarships focused on education and career readiness. For more information on the Foundation and its commitment to teens – Taco Bell team members, friends and future leaders – visit tacobellforteens.org, and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TacoBell4Teens.

About Taco Bell Corp.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made- to- order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet- inspired Cantina Bell® Menu and lower calorie Fresco Menu. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,®” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.

 

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