UPS Foundation Partners with
JA Be Entrepreneurial
Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina received a grant for $7,200 from the UPS Foundation grant. This grant allowed local volunteers to teach seven Junior Achievement "Be Entrepreneurial" classes.
Local volunteer, Joel Skipper, has been teaching Junior Achievement programs in 23 classrooms over the last 10 years. This year he was recognized for his 10 years of volunteer service. One of the programs, Skipper teaches is the JA Be Entrepreneurial program thanks to the funds from UPS. Through the JA Be Entrepreneurial program, Skipper challenges students to start an entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. Students develop the components of a business plan and learn how make it successful.
Skipper himself is a product of entrepreneurism as his own father started a business in 1991, Discipline Financial Management. Joel began working with his father 2002 and he enjoys sharing his experiences with students in the classroom. "To see students energized and be creative to think about what they can own one day, gives me hope for the future of our economy. My goal is always to leave the classroom, with the students thinking they can own their own economic success through entrepreneurship," he said.
Airport, Brookland-Cayce, Blythewood, Mayo, and Ridgeview High Schools participated in the JA Be Entrepreneurial program, made possible in our community both by the UPS Foundation grant, and by the Midlands area businesses that provided volunteers to teach the Junior Achievement curriculum in the classrooms.
"Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina is grateful to the UPS Foundation and to volunteers who recognize the importance of commitment to South Carolina's students," said Casey Pash, president of JACSC. "Through this support, they contribute to the vitality of South Carolina and the availability of a well-prepared and educated workforce."