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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.


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!"


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.