Monday, September 14, 2009

Junior Achievement Empowers Youth in Tennessee and Around the World

Junior Achievement’s mission is to “inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy” They work with 45,000 K-12 students in middle TN and 9 million around the world.

Their programs partner students with caring adult mentors and business professionals to learn about real world business in an interactive way that students can grasp.

There are three primary components of their programming:

1. CLASSROOM – JA volunteers teach youth about business, finances, careers and workplace competencies through a series of classroom studies.

2. JOB SHADOWING - In order to expose students to multiple career opportunities, JA hosts general career shadowing in the spring and a music row job shadow day in the fall.

3. BIZ TOWN – Fifth graders run a real city within the walls of the JA building. Students work at the bank, the restaurant, the stores and city hall, so they learn critical elements in budgeting, advertising, sales, and community relations.

“Through mentoring students in their role in the economy (as employees, consumers, and citizens), JA is helping students draw the connections between education, personal financial decisions, and workforce readiness skills. Students are empowered to make decisions that will positively impact their lives.” (Beth Torres, JA staff member)

Junior Achievement truly values the skills and talents of young people, and they eagerly desire to empower youth to be the best they can be.

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