How Might We Make a Difference for Junior Achievement?

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.

I would be happy to support any member of our faculty, adjunct faculty, support staff, or management staff in giving this opportunity a try. Or if you’re a member of the local business community, have you ever considered volunteering some time with Junior Achievement? Scheduling for this is based on what works for both the volunteer and the K-12 teacher, with overall coordination and resources provided by JA. It’s another way we can make a difference for kids (and our future) in our local communities. Please let me know if this is something you might be interested in doing in 2013-14. I’d be happy to connect you with the appropriate contacts at JA.

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