The Present Teaching the Future

How would you feel standing in a class of 30 students teaching them principles they would use for the rest of their lives? Honored? Nervous? Excited? Empowered?

In the 2015-2016 school year, a total of 237,680 volunteers across the nation stepped up to teach 4,803,046 students from kindergarten to high school real-world concepts in areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship with programs provided by Junior Achievement (JA).

For a group of Business Honors Program (BHP) students from the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, studying advanced principles of business was not enough. The BHP students decided to take a reverse role, going from college student to teacher for their local community of Tuscaloosa.

The Culverhouse Business Honors Program “provides opportunities for outstanding Culverhouse undergraduates to enrich their business education. The program emphasizes class presentations by students, faculty, business leaders, and campus recruiters, as well as independent research and project work over two years of undergraduate study.”

These bright business students; studying accounting, marketing, management, finance, and economics, dedicated a total of 1,500 volunteer hours to various nonprofits in their community. Fortunately, one of the nonprofits was Junior Achievement in Tuscaloosa. College students who participated in teaching students in their local schools not only shared their passion for business but they were also able to impact the future of the Tuscaloosa community.

Senior and finance major Cameron Hudson’s experiences through BHP taught him more than just how to calculate the time value of money or financial ratio analysis. “BHP has been a wonderful opportunity to network for my future career, gain hands-on experience through project work and make a difference in the Tuscaloosa community,” said Hudson.

It was through their hands-on experience that these college students saw an area for further involvement. At the end of teaching their JA program, the BHP students found another way to give back by taking it upon themselves to recruit more Junior Achievement volunteers. With their volunteer recruiting efforts, Junior Achievement of Tuscaloosa was able to cover more than 400 JA classes, which teach necessary life skills through financial literacy programs and work readiness curriculum.

Carla Harris, the senior program manager with Junior Achievement in Tuscaloosa, stated, “The reason that I love Business Honors is because of that group of students—they’re self-starters; they’re dependable.”

With BHP continuing their fourth year of volunteering with JA in Tuscaloosa, the past and present business owners can rest easy knowing that the future is bright.

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Grider , O. (2017, July 29). Students in UA's Business Honors Program gain real-world experience by helping nonprofits improve operations and complete projects. Retrieved August 08, 2017, from http://cesr.ua.edu/students-in-uas-business-honors-program-gain-real-world-experience-by-helping-nonprofits-improve-operations-and-complete-projects/

A Community Powered By Caffeine

Who’s making your venti soy latte?

Meet 26-year old Washington Starbucks store manager, Steven Perez. Not only is he the store manager for the South Hill Starbucks in Washington and the coach for the Emerald Ridge High School’s football team, but he is also an advocate for Junior Achievement.

His community involvement was acknowledged earlier this year when Starbucks’ executive vice president, president U.S. Retail, Kris Engskov and company leaders applauded his hard work to establish community connections throughout the Washington Puyallup area.

Perez responded, “Wherever we are, our mission is to be involved in the community. We don’t want to just be a coffee company, we want to be a people company.”

Coach Perez became even more involved with his community when he volunteered in the Puyallup School District’s “Ignite the Future” program which teaches students in junior high basic skills for the working world. His involvement in the local high school aligns with Starbucks avocation for Junior Achievement’s ability to teach students skills for the working world. Topics taught in this school program range from balancing a checkbook to practicing interviewing skills, the soft skills that are highly important in today’s workforce.

To honor Perez’ impact on the Puyallup region’s youth, Perez was recognized by the Puyallup School District’s chief operations officer for his success in helping teach students life skills and being awarded the honorary Starbucks Pacific Northwest coin by the Starbucks executive vice president.

From managing a community-focused Starbucks to teaching high school student’s football and skills for the working world one thing is for certain, Perez has made his mark on the future of Puyallup community.

 

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Needles, A. (2017, July 18). Starbucks shines spotlight on Puyallup store manager. Retrieved August 08, 2017, from http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/puyallup-herald/ph-news/article162266563.html

Junior Achievement Transformation: From Bakery to Community Education Leader

Sometimes the sweetest things in life come with hard work.

Earlier this summer that’s exactly what the 2nd graders at Lost River Elementary realized as they dove into Junior Achievement’s lesson program, “JA Our Community.”

Students received a hands-on approach with this lesson taught by JA volunteer Les Stevens, Senior Resource Supply Chain Leader at Country Oven Bakery. The program captivated the students with engaging topics ranging from work-readiness, how local businesses work to how to contribute to a community’s success.

Stevens stated, “This is not about me, it is about giving back to make a positive change. If we all pick up our corner in the community we will see a positive change.”

To explore the fundamentals of production methods, business decision making,  and the way money flows through an economy Stevens had the students “work” in the donut shop during the third session of their JA Our Community program.

 From the hair nets to the gloves, the authentic donut experience changed the community of Bowling Green Kentucky for the sweeter.

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W. (2017, May 31). Kayleigh Embry's 2nd grade class. Retrieved August 07, 2017, from http://www.wbko.com/content/news/Kayleigh-Embrys-2nd-grade-class-425547744.html

The Future of Business

As eighth-grade students prepared for their College and Career Readiness course final exam, Junior Achievement volunteers rallied to provide help to Ben Franklin Junior High students with the seven-week course of “ JA It’s My Future.”

During this Junior Achievement course, students experience the importance of presenting themselves in a professional manner in various business settings such as exploring potential careers, the factors to consider when choosing a career, job hunting tactics and how to interview for a job.

Junior Achievement district director, Serena Sblendorio, commented, “Many business owners tell us they can teach the technical aspects of the job but it is the soft skills they see as missing in their new employees.”

By the end of the seven-week course, local business volunteers noticed a remarkable difference among the students. Kayla Rombalski, one of the observers and director of talent development at the Portage County Business Council, stated, “Many of the interviewers were impressed by the professionalism and caliber of these eighth-grade students.”

 

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City Times Staff. “Ben Franklin Teams Up With Local Professionals for Mock Interviews.”Stevens Point City-Times, 30 May 2017, www.spcitytimes.com/2017/05/30/ben-franklin-teams-up-with-local-professionals-for-mock-interviews/# 

JA Abilene Awards $104,000 in Scholarships

Pictured Left to Right in back two rows: Ashlynn Smart, Karson Tutt, Emma Dantzler, Sterling Fahey, Karina Hau, Mikayla Condra, Kari Brokovich, Shelbie Dawson, Kaitlyn Harris, Derryck Peters, Nolan Burke, Luke Quinney

Pictured Left to Right kneeling in front: Evan Simmons (JA Executive Director), Chandler Smith, River Young, Dakota Fannin, Justin Moss (JA Board of Directors Chair)

Not Pictured: Olivia Montgomery & Julianna Mouat

19 Big Country Students Awarded $104,000 in JA Scholarships

Junior Achievement of Abilene is proud to announce the awarding of nineteen four-year scholarships to benefit area high school seniors pursuing higher education. With a combined value of $104,000, the scholarships were made possible through partnerships with Abilene Christian University, Hardin Simmons University, McMurry University, and the Willie I., Wanda, W.F. Martin Charitable Trust Fund managed by First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company.

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people for success. One way we at JA provide the opportunity for area high school seniors who have completed a Junior Achievement program while in high school is to apply for a scholarship. Over 100 students began our application process in 2017, nearly 30 advanced to an interview process with a scholarship selection committee, and nineteen recipients were selected.

Congratulations to all of our recipients!

  • A $10,000 award to Abilene Christian University in the form of a JA Scholarship provided by ACU:
  • Nolan BurkeJim Ned High School
  • Noah PruittAbilene High School
  • Karson Tutt – Jim Ned High School
  • A $6,000 award to Hardin Simmons University in the form of a JA Scholarship provided by HSU:
  • Emma DantzlerAcademy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science (ATEMS)
  • Karina Hau – Abilene High School
  • Olivia MontgomeryCooper High School
  • A $6,000 award to McMurry University in the form of a JA Scholarship provided by MCM:
  • Shelbie DawsonEula High School
  • Dakota FanninBaird High School
  • A $4,000 award applicable to any college or university through the Willie I., Wanda, & W.F. Martin Charitable Trust Fund managed by First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company:
  • Kari Brokovich – Cooper High School 
  • Mikayla Condra – Abilene Christian High School
  • Sterling Fahey – Cooper High School
  • Kaitlyn Harris – Cooper High School
  • Amanda Hernandez – Abilene Christian High School
  • Julianna Mouat – Abilene High School
  • Derryck Peters – Abilene High School
  • Luke Quinney – Jim Ned High School
  • Ashlynn Smart – Clyde High School
  • Chandler Smith – Jim Ned High School
  • River Young – Cooper High School

JA Abilene's Executive Director Evan Simmons says, “Junior Achievement of Abilene is pleased to have awarded these scholarships to the deserving Big Country students. These latest scholarships demonstrate our continued commitment to preparing today’s youth with the skills and knowledge they need today in order to succeed later in life." 

About Junior Achievement of Abilene (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 that provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Since 1983, JA of Abilene has served over 130,000 students in the Big Country including over 6,500 students in 325 classrooms during the 2016-2017 school year.

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