On June 13th, FactSet employees spent the day at McPherson Elementary School in Chicago, teaching students about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Earlier this year, JA was awarded a grant from the company to help with the cost of delivering JA programs to McPherson.
Volunteer Jeff Koeneman first learned about JA when we came to his grade school many years ago and was reacquainted with the organization through FaceSet's corporate social responsibility initiative. He worked with the school's 7th grade students and said he enjoyed guiding the students through "how to take their skills and interest to define a career path."
Josephine Reinhardt volunteered in a 6th grade classroom and taught the JA Global Marketplace program. Thought a bit overwhelmed at first, she enjoys working with kids and was excited to volunteer. She believes JA is important for today's youth since it "exposes students to new topics that are applicable to their lives."
Veronica, a 7th grade McPherson student, was pleasantly surprised by her JA experience. "[The class] at first expected [JA] to be relatively boring, but it turned out to be very fine. We learned a lot from [the volunteers] about money and saving," she said. And the program had quite the impact on her- she said after having FactSet volunteers in her classroom delivering the JA program, she saved money for the first time!
McPherson student Jennifer said her take-away from the program is how to count money, as it will help her when she gets a "high school job."
Jose Gonzalez, a 7th grade teacher at McPherson, says that "programs like JA are important because today's youth need guidance and exposure into what the future holds, what they need to do, as well as what needs to be done in order to be prepared for the 21st Century." He has been teaching for 30 years and has signed up his classroom for JA each year. He believes that the volunteers, like those from FactSet, bring an unqiue value to his classroom and show students the kinds of careers and possibilities available to them.
Thank you, FactSet, for volunteering!