Last week I attended the “Celebrate Junior Achievement Breakfast” here in the Fox Cities along with several of the College’s key leaders. Just recently, I’ve agreed to join JA’s senior advisory committee and am just beginning to learn of the work of this organization. Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy through volunteer-led, hands-on activities that reinforce the concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. What incredible alignment there is between JA’s mission and the work that Fox Valley Technical College is doing in reaching out to youth and local schools!
When I think about the incredible staff talent we have at FVTC, I’d really like to see our organization provide a core of volunteers to go into the schools in the coming year to provide JA activities. At this breakfast we learned that dozens of teachers remain on Fox Cities and Oshkosh waiting lists for volunteers to bring JA programming into their kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. We could help fill that gap. Some of the JA topics are right up our alley—“economics,” “global marketplace,” “entrepreneurship,” “jobs in our community,” “success skills,” “careers with a purpose,” and many more. Each topic is delivered in 5-6 very short lessons delivered in a local school by a volunteer and the curriculum is very well developed.