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JA & Launch Lesson

A survey of 1,000 teens and 1,000 parents of teens was recently conducted by ORC international in order to explore the opinions of entrepreneurship. From this study, JA found that nine-in-ten parents would be extremely or very likely to support their teen’s interest in becoming an entrepreneur as an adult. Half of the surveyed teens reported they would need more information on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur while 35% reported they would need a role model who is a business owner in order for them to consider pursuing starting their own business. To address this, JA and EY are working together on JA Launch Lesson.

JA Launch Lesson brings entrepreneurs and small business owners and high school students together to explore the highlights and challenges of entrepreneurship, as well as the preparation required for successful participation in the global economy.

 

To learn more about the survey, click here.

To learn more about JA Launch Lesson, click here.

To get involved in JA, click here to find a local JA office! 

Volunteers on Duty

Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, Junior Achievement (JA) served more than 212,000 classes to 4.8 million students. The impact of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in schools would not be possible without the help of those who share the same goals as Junior Achievement—to help youth own their own economic success. Without the help of the 243,756 volunteers this past school year, Junior Achievement’s mission would not be achievable. One invaluable group of volunteers are the men and women in local police departments across the country. This is the story of one.

Meet Commander Louis Tovar, not only a board member for JA of Arizona as well as a Commander of the Phoenix Police Department but an avid volunteer and JA advocate. Throughout his time involved with JA, he has seen and influenced the impact of JA curriculum in his own community.

His desire to positively impact his community spread throughout the Phoenix Police Department when one year, as a Patrol Commander, he invited his officers to volunteer alongside him in an inner-city elementary school. “They understand that these opportunities are now part of “police work” in order to improve the legitimacy of who we are as officers with the community!” said Tovar. He has found that the high engagement of the students was due in part to the uniformed officers teaching the lessons.

Pairing Phoenix’s local police department with students has been a way for Tovar and his colleagues to proactively engage within their community in order to “de-mystify” who they are. It is the idea of being prudent for one’s future that Tovar believes the JA lessons taught impact the students because it “influences them (students) early of the importance of being productive and independent citizens who will contribute to a society.”

What drives a department to go above and beyond? Commander Tovar stated how he, “…experienced how impactful it is to have our community’s youth positively exposed in an unconventional way with police officers.” Tovar stated, “I began volunteering in the classroom first, then gravitated toward encouraging others in the department to join me wherever I was assigned.”

Recently, Tovar and other police volunteers organized assistance in the JA You’re Hired event, which aims to promote career readiness with a two-section lesson plan-- a preparatory classroom curriculum and the JA You’re Hired Challenge. Phoenix officers made themselves available to answer student’s questions about careers in law enforcement.  

When it comes to volunteer work in Phoenix one thing is for certain—the Phoenix Police Department is ready and excited to impact their community. 

 

The Road to Success

How many miles and hours on the road would you be willing to drive in order to impact a student’s future?

Junior Achievement (JA) recognizes the dedication and time volunteers, sponsors, and educators have given to better the youth in surrounding regions. In the 2015-2016 school year, more than 230,000 volunteers dedicated their time and effort to more than 4 million students ranging from kindergarten to high school to teach financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurial programs.

Earlier this year, partners and dedicated company volunteers came through again for the seventh year to engage with Native American students in the San Juan school district with the San Juan Career Fair. Business volunteers buckled up for the 800-mile round trip drive from Salt Lake to the Monument Valley area Indian Reserve for two days to serve a total of 500 students. The drive doesn’t compare to the determination of the volunteers as many are returning for their second, third, and fourth year.

The career fair provides students with motivating keynote speakers and a job expo where students can explore career paths paired with classes that will equip them with the skills needed for their future profession. A principal of one of the schools that JA served commented that the difference between Junior Achievement and other organizations trying to impact this rural student population is that the volunteers and business sponsors return year-after-year to support this event.

The education impact that is brought to this region wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers, as well as the financial support given by American Express. The career fair has been funded by American Express’s generosity for the past seven years, which has enabled hundreds of students, volunteers, and businesses to touch the lives of the children on the Reserve.

Helping Students Find Their Way

The wise Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what you do today.” And today’s students realize more than ever the importance of networking with professionals, not only for professional development but for personal development, as well.

In 2010, Junior Achievement conducted research on the impact of student job-shadowing and found that of the nearly 500 students surveyed, 90 percent felt that a job shadow experience helped them to be more aware of career options.

Teachers also benefit from having their students participate in job shadowing. JA’s research found that 92 percent of those surveyed stated experiential learning helped to motivate students.

Positive feedback from educators has indicated that JA programs are providing valuable opportunities for their students to improve their communication skills and to independently discover career path options.

To learn more about how JA can impact your classroom, click HERE

 

JA in a Day-- ALPFA and JA of New York

On October 13th, JA of New York and 25 ALPFA volunteers came together to spread financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to 273 middle school students.

Reflecting on JA in a Day, a volunteer stated, “The materials were clear and fun. Our class was so engaged and had a lot of fun. I really found the experience rewarding and I’m happy we could give the kids a fun day.”

Junior Achievement would not have been able to make as big of an impact without the men and women who volunteered to teach JA in a Day. We would like to say thank you to all of them that gave their time and energy to teaching these young people.

Thank you to all those who were involved in the success of  Ja of New York’s JA in a Day event.

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